Writing Tip — 62


An outline for your novel will not kill your creativity. The outline will help keep you on track and prevent plot holes and other possible inconsistencies in your story.

True, it does take time away from the actual writing of your novel, but while you are working on it, the plot and characters are moving about in the back of your mind. The outline also creates a timeline for you to follow, something to keep you from getting mixed when things happen, where it happens and to whom it happens.

The type I’m doing is the Beginning, Middle, End. What main things occur in the beginning of the book, who is involved and where do the events take place. The Middle is introducing a couple new characters, adding more conflict and roadblocks to the main character’s progress and foreshadowing a few things for the end and that tie in to the next book. The end is tying things together, and resolving conflicts.

As you work on your outline you will get a good idea of what will work and what won’t in the story you are writing. You ask yourself: does this really need to happen now, later or should I cut it all together? Are all these characters really needed or can I cut back on them? Oh, just because you cut something out, don’t throw it away. Stick it in a file, you might find it useful for something else you’re writing.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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4 Responses to Writing Tip — 62

  1. adeleulnais says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    from amdobritt.com great advice for outlining.

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