April 4, 2015

Monica Gallagher screws the outlines

That title might’ve come out wrong… Anyway, writers (and people who’d like to be writers) like to read (and write, it seems) about their craft. If there’s a general consensus today, it is that you have to sit down and outline, which obviously might or might not work for you. It’s not the way it is for Monica Gallagher, who writes on Chuck Wendig’s blog:

One thing I’ve always super struggled with when I’m writing is having no idea how this durn story is gonna end. I used to think writing was all about a pretty, sequential outline that your characters magically flowed through in a linear fashion, exactly how you intended them to. I’ve tried to write that way, and it’s bored the potatoes out of me and everyone within a 50 foot radius. What I do like about writing, what keeps me going, is daydreaming about characters and the scenes and interactions they get involved in. I used to think this was must be the wrong way to do it – that’s just a big ol’ mish-mash that doesn’t go anywhere. But if you trust in the scenes, and minimally nudge your characters as you listen to them, they’ll get to an end.

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