GeezWriter How-To: Outlining: An Author’s Guide to Organizing and Planning to Write Novels, Memoirs, and Narratives
Next it details the six stages of outlining while demonstrating with examples of how they save time and greatly enhance one’s skill at weaving complex storylines effectively. Each of the six stages offers its own section explaining and showing how each author can adapt it to fit individual preferences.
This how-to shows how outlining can also facilitate producing supplemental materials needed for cataloging and marketing, as well as how to produce outline-oriented texts such as synopses in response to requests by agents, editors, and publishers. It concludes with two recommended basic practice assignments, then one intermediate and one advanced. GeezWriter How-To Outlining has won countless skeptics to the ranks of avid outliners for writing success.
Most authors outline whether they realize it or not.
As Geez eloquently puts it:
"Some successful writers brag that they work without outlines, but closer examination reveals that nearly all are simply outlining in their heads."
One of my favorite lines that explains the importance of outlining was:
"Outlining helps us see the big picture while breaking it into manageable pieces, cognizable layers, a linear progression borne of conceptual chaos."
As the author explains in this book, there is no one right (or perfect) way to outline. Each writer must find his/her own comfort zone and stick with what works for that individual.
This author has taken his decades of teaching story-writing classes and broken down each aspect into its own title. Be sure to check them all out to hone your writing skills in a way that you never imagined!
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