Writing Tip Wednesday: ‘Outline’ As ‘Lifeline’

Written by on November 6, 2013 in Writing Tips - Leave a Comment

Completing a book requires, first, a good idea. After that, though, you need more: you need a plan to bring that idea to the page. Even the best writers work from outlines. Bill Wasik has some indispensable advice on the importance of an outline – no matter what you’re writing.

Do you work from an outline?

 

 

 

 

 

Hone your outline and then cling to it as a lifeline. You can adjust it in mid-stream, but don’t try to just write your way into a better structure: think about the right structure and then write to it. Your outline will get you through those periods when you can’t possibly imagine ever finishing the damn thing — at those times, your outline will let you see it as a sequence of manageable 1,000 word sections.”

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