I. Making outlines is helpful to some writers.
- Depending on what I’m writing, I actually write outlines.
- Not always, because they can be cumbersome and a waste of time if I choose to format them.
- Outlines help organize your thoughts.
- They also make it easier to see the pacing of your fiction.
- If you notice most of your chapters have five events, but one chapter has sixteen… well… you know which one needs to get cut up and made into separate sections.
II. I believe in three types of outlines: pre-production, peri-production, and post-production
- A pre-production outline is one you compose before you begin writing.
- It helps you to organize your thoughts and to set-up your writing for better flow.
- A peri-production outline is one you compose while you write.
- It lets you keep track of where you’ve been with your writing so that you can check what you’ve already covered when you hit a rough spot.
- A post-production outline is one you write after you begin writing.
- I often do this after I’ve finished chapters.
- I guess I make a peri/post-production outline of my fiction.
III. You don’t need to write an outline.
- Yeah, they aren’t required.
- It’s pretty much whatever you want to do.
- You know how you work.
- If you need more organization in your life and a good way to keep track of your longer work without having to read it over and over and over again-then make an outline.
- If not then don’t.
- Simple as that.
IV. I swear they’re helpful.