I have been learning a lot of new vocabulary since I started writing this first novel of mine. One of these words has been ‘pantser’, meaning a writer who just sits down and writes without necessarily having every aspect of their story planned out in their minds. I was definitely a ‘pantser’ when I started writing my novel but when I got to 70,000 words and realised I didn’t know how to end the story, with the help of Scrivener, I became someone who outlines the story first. Except that I had to do it in reverse and I am still going!

I have got to the point in the story that I wanted to change. I’ve changed it and then worried that was the wrong decision (aargh!) but I am trying to plough on and it really is a nightmare job 🙁 This is because I am outlining, writing and editing all at the same time and I feel like I might be going slightly mad in the process.
So no more flying by the seat-of-my-pants next time. I am definitely going to outline the next one before I start. That’s assuming that I finish writing, editing, rewriting, proofreading this one….

Here’s a link to just one interesting article I read on this very subject.


5 Comments on To outline or not to outline, that is the question (with apologies to you know who!)

  1. Thanks so much for linking to my post. I’m glad you enjoyed it – and welcome to the ranks of the outliners! Don’t worry about the “going slightly mad” bit. All good writers are a little nuts. 😉

    • Thank you for your reply. I hope you didn’t mind me linking. I find your site very helpful as I navigate these difficult waters for the first time! It is so hard having to move events around and yet still try to keep hold of the story. It is great to be able to share with other writers who are in the same boat 🙂

      • I don’t mind at all. I appreciate the shout out! I hear you on navigating difficult waters. Every book is its own adventure, no matter how many you’ve written previously.

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