Posts Tagged ‘ outlining ’

Top 10 #NaNoWriMo Prep Tips

As you may already know, I am a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) enthusiast. So when October rolls around, that means it's prime Prep Season, and I start to get a little giddy. Additionally, since I am a confirmed NaNoWriMo Rebel (aka Cheater), this also means it's the time of year when I start pondering which of my WIPs I will bring into the wonderful world of NaNoWriMo, scrubbing and Continue Reading...

Outlining doesn’t have to blow dead bears: From brainstorm to novel

As Chuck Wendig has recently written on his blog, outlining doesn't have to be an exercise in high school-esque futility. Indeed, it's a fundamental step towards getting your novel down on paper. And even a reformed pantser like me has embraced the joys – or at least the relative painlessness – of outlining. (I've written about my methodology here in case you're curious.) So what the hell Continue Reading...

Creating an outline that won’t kill your creativity

I've written a variety of novel manuscripts over the years, many during the noveling month of November. My typical approach to writing is commonly referred to as "flying by the seat of your pants," and although this may work in short doses, it is much harder to sustain in novel form. In the past I avoided the traditional outline, with its spontaneity-crushing fascism, convinced it was a tool Continue Reading...