Writing Tip — 47

Anna Dobritt -- Author


I am a reformed pantser. I’m learning to outline my work so I don’t run into trouble when I’m writing the story. My outlines won’t be short, but they won’t be a hundred pages long. I’ll be in the middle, between twenty-five and fifty pages in length. This will give me a good skeleton to work from, and if I need to, I can always add to the outline.

 An outliner sits at their computer or with pen and paper and plan their story. They may spend a day or two writing an outline or several months. The outliner may write a couple of sentences for each chapter, then they start to write the story. Then you have the heavy outliner. This person plans out each chapter and scene before they write start on their book. They include their hook — their opening sentence. They plan out each chapter and…

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