Outlines

Is it easier to write by plotting out the story or free writing?

I personally find it easier to free write. It’s hard for me to plot things out, because I never end up writing the way I planned to. That comes with allowing the piece to write itself. You can tell yourself it’s going to go one way, but when you start writing, the piece might not have the same plan.

I have tried on many different occasions to outline a story, to write character sheets, and to plan. But every time, I change things, my characters don’t fit, and I get bored because the scenes in between large plot points feel boring. I like to just let the story write itself. I like to develop a character by writing their reaction to scenes and allow them to be a part of the plot, not to force them into it.

But I knew that doesn’t work for everyone.. Some people need to outline and plan, and that’s cool too. I wish I had the discipline to plan something and stick to it, but I just don’t. I lose interest in a piece if I know too much ahead of time.  I’ve seen some very well developed outline from other writers and it’s impressive, but I think it’s easier storing those characters in my head, until they’re on the page.

One thought on “Outlines

  1. Interesting answer! I outlined the novel I’m writing and find it comforting that I know where I’m going. But for the most part of my writing short fiction I tend to not have any outlines. That way I like how characters and the story sit in my mind and talk to them for a while before I put them on paper. It goes either ways.

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