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Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday's Muse~Fight Or Flight
For those who don't know, I'm an outliner. A lot of the kinks, character arcs, plot twists, and subplots are all worked out before I even write the first page. I also write chapter by chapter so there isn't much to flesh out later. I end up cutting more than I add. This makes the editing process a lot easier and a lot faster. I didn't always outline though. I was a pantser (write by the seat of your pants) once and back then it took me 7-12 months to complete and edit a novel. Now I have the process so refined that it takes me 4-6 months to write and edit a novel. The numbers are enough to convince me never to go back to my old ways.
However, I don't believe everyone should be an outliner instead of a pantser. You have to find what works for you, what inspires you, and do it. It's all about keeping your muse fed so they keep the inspiration flowing!