08 March, 2013

Adventures in Outling a Novel

After years of writing, I have recently discovered the benefits of writing an outline before actually writing.

Since I was young, I began writing and working on the first book that I plan on publishing soon. During the years, I consulted with my mother; we realized it wasn't quite worthy of publishing or even finishing. So many times, I would find myself rewriting the entire book and even reconstructing the plot, pacing, characters and theme. You know, when you're a young writer, you're often lost with an idea.

Although many humans prefer to just write as they go along, but once it's time to read it, there are often many issues regarding the finished product. Writers would realize the book can be inconsistent, issues with pacing, scenes can be annoyingly interminable, and there can also be a lot of unnecessary and/or useless material in the story. When I use to do this, I often discovered these problems with my finished or almost finished work. That's why I took so much time rewriting the entire book, omitting things that were unnecessary. Writers who do not outline often have to take more time rewriting, editing, rereading and are more likely to be plagued with writer's block. However, some humans who do not use outlines believe outlines merely limits creativity. In fact, for many writers it may work for them.            

Just recently, I've discovered the great benefits of outling a novel. Not only my novels I outline, however, but every project including manga and screenplays before actually writing them. Writers that outline would agree that it eliminates all of the headaches when not outlining a book. Outlines are the map to a story, permitting writers of knowing what will happen in every chapter and how the story will end. This also eliminates writer's block. If you happen to get stuck, you can always refer back to your outline to help you. Outlines can be as simple and as detailed as a writer want. You can always edit or revise them if needed.

I know for now on, I will always outline my projects before officially starting the adventure. 

This is for me however. I've ran across blogs, articles and experts etc. who tell humans the correct way is to outline or not to outline. In this debate, there really isn't no right or wrong way. I feel whatever works for someone else, may not work for another. So that's what I had to share about writing outlines.

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