This will be a shorter post, but I wanted to address Pantsing (writing by the seat of your pants) again as we’re leading up to NaNo. Nicole sent me this article that I wanted to share with you all. It’s called 6 Secrets to Writing a Novel Without an Outline. It’s well worth the read!
I think that even as an ourliner, there are some good things to learn from this article.
- Don’t be formulaic- there doesn’t have to be a standard story-line progression to your plot, keep it interesting.
- Make sure the things in your outline that you will introduce/foreshadow deliver upon the expectations you set for them.
- Re-Evaluate if you’re going in the right direction. It was suggested to me that as an outliner, it’s good to stop half-way through and see if the plot is still heading in the right direction based on the first half. Re-outlining might be in order.
I hope you enjoy the article and that if you are an outliner, you can still learn from it.