Even if you have been sitting on a Story Idea for months or even years and you feel as if it’s all been well formed and planned out in your mind, should you consider some type of Outline for your Novel or Book before setting off on the long journey to a finished novel?
Consider What to Plan before Beginning Your Novel.
Dennis Lehane is a great novelist. He writes well plotted and well characterized books based on his Famous Duo Kenzie and Gennaro. They are both private detectives working cases in a fictional neighbourhood of Boston, which is Lehane’s home town. He already knows about his location.
Other books that he has written include “The Given Day“. A very different treatment in the story telling , you could call it a saga about the people of 1918 Boston just after the war. Returning soldiers who are confronted with the chaos of Anarchists and unionist attempting to overthrow the town.
Dennis Lehane admits to being a none planner. He begins with an idea which he explores and investigates to see what happens if he just writes it all down before it burns a hole into the wall.
Yet, he does also say that there comes a point in the writing process when he is forced to sit back and take stock of the work so far. He knows where he’s been but to simply go on with the writing without a plan of some kind would mean chaos. He then draws up a rough outline.
This will help him keep on track as he progresses into the story. He doesn’t create a full-blown Outline and so we could probably call him a Seat-of-the-Pants writer.
I agree with many writers when they say that to sit down and plan and outline and mind-map a novel from the start will destroy the creative process. Especially if you feel that after the planning you must, at all cost, stick to the outline you have so carefully made.
Why risk Creativity for a safe bet plan?
Do you write an outline and follow it? Do you write an Outline and then use your memory of it give yourself a road map along the way?
How do you write a story?
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I have tried outlining and found that it becomes an enormously interesting task in itself and almost feels like another way to write and finish a book. It definitely takes a lot of that special feeling out of the writing process where I’m supposed to be on the edge of my writing seat myself, wondering what will happen next. that’s something so important for any writer to feel. Suspense.