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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Conquering the Fear of Editing
Then I attended a writer's retreat under the tutelage of the fabulous William Bernhardt (bestselling thriller author). Bill made me write an outline on a book I had already completed. It seemed silly until I finished it and realized all the plots holes and issues the outline revealed. And just like that, I went from a pantser to a plotter.
These days I write an outline before starting a new book. I follow it loosely, allowing the story to grow organically. Now, it takes me three to four months to write a book and only a month to edit it. Not only does outlining help me write faster, better, it takes the fear out of editing.