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Posted: 11/4/2010 1:14 AM PST
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Posted: 10/29/2010 4:34 AM PDT
Just start writing. You don't *need* an outline, unless you want to write a novel with a plot like precision clockwork (a mystery story, say), in which case you do need to know what happens to who and when. Writing a really detailed outline is a great way to *avoid* writing your novel - you can tell yourself and everyone you know you're working on a novel, but that's like saying you're building your dream home when all you're actually doing is drawing pictures of it. Every piece of long fiction I've written recently, I've started with an idea for a situation and maybe a couple of characters, but then I've sat back and told the story as it came into my head, as often as not with no idea of how it's going to end. It is a bit scary at times, but when it's working (which is more often than not) it's great. You can always go back and rewrite and polish; that's what the second and third drafts are for. Quite a few times there had been really crucial plot points that I hadn't been able to work out, and not knowing the answers I didn't start the story... until I took a leap of faith. Just through being in the process of telling the story, the plots resolved themselves - either I figured out a way to make them work, or found a path that didn't need that particular plot point, or... well, you get the idea. i know this sounds weird. May not work for you. But it can't hurt to try.
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Posted: 10/26/2010 5:37 PM PDT
what I do for an outline is think of all the things I want to include in my story. Then I number them in the chronological of the book. Then write it out online or on paper, and see where that takes you. Hope I helped!
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Posted: 10/16/2010 5:39 PM PDT
I have recently began studying and need to write a outline of my novel. I haven't began writing it, but know what the storyline is going to be about, all the characters have been created etc... All I am wanting is an example of an outline...I have read how to create an outline and don't seem to grasp how to begin to write one. An example would surely help me, without a doubt. I have used Google multiple times and haven't come across anything. I do hope you can help me...I really don't want to get behind in my school work! Thanks! ^_^ Scarlett_Red
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