Are outlines helpful for writers?

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Before the beginning novelist attempts to craft his or her own new work, the outline question often comes to mind. Should one outline? Or just write freestyle, using ingenuity to guide you in your writing process.

Being someone who has used both systems, I can honestly say that they both have their advantages. Outlining offers more structure and reduces the chances of running into a literary wall as far as plotting goes: you simply write scenes down and adjust as necessary. But outlining takes time and effort, and the enthusiastic newbie may want to dive straight into writing.

Freestyle writing is not structured. But for some that isn’t a bad thing, rather an opportunity to experiment in directions that you may not have anticipated had you chosen the outlining process. You’re like a pioneer in your own creative wilderness, taking bold steps into uncharted territory.

So should a writer outline? Or not? Honestly? This is one of those personal decisions every writer must make on their own, after all, it’s their story, and in the creative arts everyone must ultimately undertake their own writing journey.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.

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