How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
by Mark Miller
Most authors that I speak with do outlines and story arcs ahead of time. This is probably wise advice, but I completely ignore it. My style is different, but works for me. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I thought I would share as it may be amusing to other writers. I create the motivators in my head for each character, for instance their background, personality and goals.
After I have that, I ask myself how they would react in the situation they are in. These actions bump into each other quite often and I can tell you that more than once I put my main character into situations that I had no idea how he was going to get out of it even as I was writing it. I just allowed the character to react the way he would presented with the situation and a sharp mind.
It turned out that this process creates loads of situations that create a great deal of anxiety in the reader as well and I have witnessed people reading my book become very emotional about what is happening. This has been very rewarding for me and I think if I would have planned the entire story ahead of time I would not have achieved the randomness that multiple characters with various motivations would provide. All this being said, I would have likely slept better if I already knew the answers to the dilemmas I was writing!
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Rating – PG
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