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Outlines Part Deux

Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on the ‘What exactly is an outline?’ thing. I never studied creative writing at school, so I hadn’t realized there was an official way to do them, or that those methods had left such mental scars. 


It certainly explains some of the condescension/hostility I’ve encountered in past conversations on the subject. 


For me, the message here is that the outline-haters aren’t really dissing the idea of writing a book or story on purpose, they’re rebelling against a rigid structure that bears no resemblance to what outliners like myself would ever use. Wars have been fought over less simple misunderstandings. 


To avoid confusion, I recommend this helpful acronym when discussing creative writing in the future:

(Your understanding of what other people mean when they use terms like ‘outline’ is probably not what they mean by it, just as their understanding of what you mean when using those terms is likely to have little or no relation to what you had in mind either, so it’s worth clarifying before you get into a heated discussion about something which really doesn’t matter either way).


I wonder if I should get that put on a t-shirt, or submit it to Acronyms-R-Us. 

In other news:

500+ words today on my sci-fi WIP for the GSHW short story competition.  Don't forget, the closing date's been extended to July 31st, so there's plenty of time if you want to enter.


My friend [info]j_cheney ’s recent adventure at her local RWA  made me quite cross  .  More on that next time, when I plan to discuss writing and critique groups. 


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
my outlines are always sparse, no more than a sentence per chapter, and I may only have 8 - 10 chapters outlined for a story that ends up with 40 chapters. *g* A very basic roadmap, because I never did understand why Bugs Bunny didn't look at his map before he got to his destination, and realise he needed to turn left at Albequerque.

My real weakness is character descriptions, I end up with dossiers on them lol.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Mine start out that way, but even while I'm writing the first chapter, my sub-conscious is coming up with good ideas for later on :)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
or when you see something while out pretending to have an actual life, or you hear a snippet of conversation, and your minf incorporates it into your story *g* Or the story that wants to be written after the one you're currently working on *g*

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