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Character Development

To Outline or Not to Outline?


We all have our unique creative process. Outlines are helpful for many writers and for others, a more free-flowing, organic style works best. Whichever you style you use, the key is to make it work for you.

For me, no matter how hard I’ve tried to outline, my writing process is more organic (without an outline). Although this kind of process can take various twist and turns, get off track, and take longer to complete a project, sometimes a more organic approach can help you get to know your characters better. At least, that is how it has worked for me. However, I will admit that I’m trying to write from an outline—even if it’s more of a skeleton.

While exploring your writing habits and which system fits (and works best) for you, here are a few things to consider.

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Say What? Connecting With Your Characters


In my circle, my friends have gotten used to me talking about my characters giving me the silent treatment. For me, my writing style is very character driven and one where I let my characters do the talking while I watch (and write) the scene.

Every writer has their own writing process and the way they create and write their characters. If you’re writing a story that is heavily character driven, take a moment to get to know them better by interviewing them.

While you’re getting to know your characters, remember to not spend all your time on the interview process. Many writers get distracted by this and never get their stories written. Also, sometimes characters will start to reveal themselves as you move forward in your story. Continue reading “Say What? Connecting With Your Characters”

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