Writing

Outlining is important

So I’ve been working on this story which I’ve completely outlined. I touched on all the important parts. Why is it important to outline your story? Let’s see.

First, let me start off by saying this process is not for everyone. Not everyone needs or wants to do an outline for their stories and I used to be one of those people. But as I outlined more often, I found myself finding it so useful.

I’m a haphazard writer. I admit my stories do not come up in order. This is okay. I’ll write a scene at the end and then write a scene at the beginning. So already you should see this can get confusing. Outlining helps me keep on track and organized.

Outlining helps your story arc too. If you have a particular scene you want to happen a certain way, you’ll be able to catch this during your outlining before you wrote those 200 pages. That’s when you realize you can’t kill off that character in chapter 2 because you’ll need him in chapter 10! Yes, it does happen.

This brings me to my dilemma. Why am I having an issue finishing this book when it’s completely outlined? It confounds me. I insist to myself that it’s all the shiny things that is going on in my life and that I need to concentrate. Then the real side of me just says maybe I’m too lazy and just want to play Civilization some more.

Tell me something. Do you outline your stories?

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