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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My Journey Thus Far: How & Why I Became A Writer

When I was twelve years old, I armed myself with a piece of notebook paper, and a trusty no. 2 pencil. I delved into the world of story-making, and I’ve never looked back.

It started as a hobby, something that I did for fun. Honestly, I never planned it would turn into a career (OK, I’m still working on that…). I remember that it was largely due to Star Wars that I started. Even at twelve, I was an avid science-fiction reader and Star War addict (Those who know me well could argue that I haven’t changed much) and eventually, I determined that I would see my name on the front cover of a Star Wars Novel. I can’t really remember why I didn’t ever actually write down that first novel idea, (who knows, maybe it’s still in there bouncing around somewhere) but within a few days of my proclamation of “I am going to write a book.” I had shifted to a new story, one of my own creation.

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16 Questions To Get The Most Out of Your Beta-Readers: Part-II

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Last week, in my post  16 Questions To Get The Most Out of Your Beta-Readers: Part-I  I presented eight thought-provoking questions to ask Beta-readers after they’ve completed reading your finished, or in-work story. While the first eight questions covered Story related questions, the final eight questions focus on Character.

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16 Questions To Get The Most Out of Your Beta-Readers: Part-I

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After my best friend recently agreed to be my newest and latest beta-reader and critiquer I realized that I needed to compose a list of questions for her to answer after she’d read my stories. I initially intended to only have 10 questions, five related to the Plot and Pacing of the Story, and another five related to the Characters. However after about an hour, the question list grew: first 10, then 12, and finally 16 question long. Today, I thought I would share the first half of my newly developed list of Beta-Reader/Critiquer questions. I hope that they look as well-thought out now, as they did to my half-asleep brain when I wrote them in the wee hours of the morning earlier this week.

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5 Tips For Better Short-Stories — Part-II

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In my post last week, 5 Tips For Better Short-Stories Part-I, I shared the importance of Starting At The End, and Fast-Pacing within short-fiction—Two tips that I have found to be exceptionally helpful in the process of short-fiction creation.  Today, I will share my final three tips.

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#3 A Small Cast, Limiting The Extras

It takes time, and words to develop characters to the point that people care about them. Simply put, short-stories don’t have the time or space to introduce the same size cast as  a novel. Since they begin after the character development process that take place throughout the course of a novel, you have only a short amount of time to make readers care about an already pre-defined person who isn’t going to change much in 7,300 words. Continue reading