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Outlining and pantsing


As the tales go, there are two kinds of writers:

Those who outline their story and have it all plotted before they even begin - the outliners.

And then there are those who just start writing. They allow the story to grow as they write - flying by the seat of their pants.

I readily admit that I don't particularly like outlining a story. For me, it takes most of the fun away - but of course, I often run into plot holes with my organic stories and do have to rewrite entire chapters to make the tale work. I've even had a villain turn into a good person on me - boy, that novel is still stalled because I have to change so much in it to make it work.

So maybe I'll follow David B. Coe's advice and create a little outline of the plot for my new dragon novel. Read his inspiring post here:

]On Writing: Outlining Vs. Pantsing Revisited

And how do you write? Do you plan your stories or let fancy take you wherever it wants?

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I have broad idea goals on what is supposed to happen but have a hard time connecting everything together when the story is over 5-6 pages.

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Mhm. Maybe it would help you to write out those "points" in time before writing the story? And if you find the gaps are too large, you can create more "points" in between, so you can find your way from one part of the story to the next.

I know this sounds rather vague, but it's what came to my mind just now.

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