Many writers cringe when they hear the words PLAN and OUTLINE.
They say writing is an art and that outlines could limit one’s creativity. Some may even say that outlines originated within the iron chains of capitalism, or maybe it’s the patriarchy’s fault, no wait, it’s aliens, totally. Aliens want outlines, it’s their way of brainwashing us,
I’m one to think that knowing where you want to go with your story and how you will get there is effing important.
Plus, it will save you a shi**load of time on re-writes.
Think of it this way: When you cross a road, you intend to reach the other side, usually by walking with your own two feet. And so it is with writing: You need to know where you’re going and how you’ll get there. Sure, you can change paths, or even follow a new route, but at least you knew from the start where you wanted to go.
That’s why I use a basic scene planner. You can download my template below. This is not a work of my own, these sheets have been used for writers since I don’t know how long. You can also find a bunch of other scene planners online and make one that’s better suited for you.
If you’re a WORD fan, click here to download: SCENE PLANNER FOR WORD
If you’re an EXCEL fan, click here to download: SCENE PLANNER FOR EXCEL
(By the way, I’ve included a nice little example in these files to help you out)
Some people prefer making a general outline, but I’m not one of them. First, because I have the basic ideas in my head, and second, because I’ll put them in the scene planner anyway. BUT, if you’re a big fan of general outlining, you can find some great stuff here.
And that’s all for today.
Have to admit I chittered like a cat who’s spotted a bird outside their window when I saw the title of this blog entry. Though I’ve tried pantsing and admire those who can do it, I need to know where I’m going if I want to reach my story destination. That’s part of the fun.
Right? Totally agree
Oooh. I like this. I really like this. I’m a total pantser … at first. Then I turn into a mad man planner once I have an idea what the story is like. For me I need to identify who the character is what the hell he/she is doing in life, before I can plan their future. This though, this is a helpful little tool, I might have to start using this.
ps. I sooooo wish I was going to be in London, actually, I just wish I lived in London. But yeah, you have fun with your thing, maybe eventually, I’ll make it out there, one day … I hope. *sniffle*
OMG for sure you will it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Also London is like 1 hour by plane from here, going to an event in the US would be a lot harder ; )
I started out pantser, but realized fairly early on, when I left out a character completely, I realized I needed more direction to keep on target.
Used to be a meticulous planner, but I’ve eased off over the last couple of years because of some beautiful bits of serendipity. I’ll plan a novel, but not the series.