The Joys of Outlining

Hey everyone. It’s been a busy few days, but I wanted to get this posted before the school week begins anew. Amidst grading and planning, I’m also putting attention towards my latest  work, beginning with the outline. You see, I’m an organizational freak when it comes to writing papers, and I always outline the entire story before I begin. I confess that I actually started the story before the outline, and was several pages into it when I chided myself for my folly. So, here I am now, designing an outline that will carry me through the tale. Outlines are so essential, and I favor the process for three great reasons.

I like to outline because it keeps me organized. When you are writing a short story, you don’t need to be excessively structured, but when you are composing a lengthy and elaborate tale, you need all the help you can get. It assists me in knowing where I am going next, and it helps me to begin where I last left the story, should I depart from it for a time.

I equally like outlining because I feel it allows for deeper character development, as I can see the entirety of the novel and know where I can insert episodes that will enhance the character’s nature along the way. Seeing the whole work apart from the random images you have contained in your authorial brain helps to work out any mishaps with continuity and development.

Finally, I simply like outlining because it just makes the process easier. Writing is no small task, and any procedure that can expedite the months-long process is always welcomed. I know I have several laborious weeks ahead of me, and if outlining can aid me, that I shall bless it all the more.

Well, that is where I am “write” now, in the outlining phase. I’ll share soon about the flexibility of the outline at a later date, maybe next week. Until then, have a wonderful week. As always, thanks for reading.


About Robert Oliver

I am a writer living and working in Florida.
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2 Responses to The Joys of Outlining

  1. I mostly write short stories and I don’t usually do outlines. I have a book idea in my mind though and I wonder if I should try to outline it first before just trying to start randomly writing… I probably should.
    Thanks for sharing this – something to think about for sure!


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