4 Beneficial Reasons To Outline Before Writing:

I used to be (and largely still am) a pantser. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term let me explain: In the writing world, there are two types of writers: “Plotters”, and “Pantsers” (don’t ask who came up with the terms because I honestly don’t know)

  • Plotters create an abbreviated plot outline detailing the way their story will unfold, before they write.
  • Pantsers (as the name implies) tend to write by the seat of their pants, creating and shaping the plot as they write.

In my years as a writer, I have always been a dedicated pantser and turned my nose up at even the prospect of outlining. Outlines are for sissies.” Largely summed up my attitude, I considered them worthless, and counted them as unnecessary time-wasters that were just downright boring! I mean, why write an outline when you can just write the story. Right?

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3 WAYS TO FREE YOURSELF FROM DISTRACTING WRITING HABITS:

In many ways, this is a follow up on my last post about editing prematurely.

I am writing this on a windows notepad… Why? Because it’s fast, easy, simple, and above all: it doesn’t allow any type of formatting. You see, that’s a big problem for me… I format, rather than write. When I hit a road block I start playing around with font, type-size, spelling, and other formatting tools… almost without even thinking about it.

My brain stops trying to come up with more content, and shifts to making what I’ve already written look good.  That’s fine and dandy of course, as long as it’s done in the proper order. As I touched on in my last post: Plain and simple, editing should not be done before the content is out of your head. While I explained WHAT I do in my last post, now here are a few ways I try to avoid, or at least counteract this troublesome habit.

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