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Djagir

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Pantser question: What does an outline look like?
« on: January 28, 2019, 04:08:46 PM »
For pretty much all of my fiction writing career, I have been a solid pantser (writing by the seat of one's pants; as opposed to a plotter). I think this may be feeding into the phenomenon where my stories cap out at around novelette length.

Going forward, I'd like to be able to put together some longer fiction, but I would like to play with outlines and see whether they can help me hold something longer together. The thing is...I'm not entirely sure what a novel outline looks like, and I was wondering if people would be able to describe something they've worked with or even provide an example.

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Re: Pantser question: What does an outline look like?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 05:20:11 PM »
In my case, an outline just looks like a page of notes about the story. :)

There are a lot of good articles on outlining and plotting at Fiction University (actually, I pretty much recommend their articles on any topic):

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2008/02/structure-and-outlining.html

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2008/02/plotting.html