Writing without an outline

Read an interesting article by Steven James as guest blogger on Brian Kerns Editor blog for Writer’s Digest: “6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline.” I found it fascinating and vindicating as that is how I also write. I even commented on the blog (something I never do!)

If you, too, write without an outline, you will also find it interesting. You can read it here:

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline
http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/6-secrets-of-writing-a-novel-without-an-outline?et_mid=641764&rid=239631409

Working

It’s amazing. You think that if you’re not actually “writing” you’re not “working.” But that is not the case at all. There is posting on your blog and/or Facebook page. Then there’s editing. And that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been working on a story to submit to a contest and of course I put it off until the last moment – today is the 13th and the cut off is the 15th.

I was all set to submit when I read the max word count – 4000, and my story is 4637! So I’ve been “editing” or cutting things out, in other words. Getting rid of unnecessary adverbs (I never even realized I had so many!) and passive voice passages – was counting is 2 words versus counted – 1 word. Now for one last read through to make sure I didn’t aggressively cut out something necessary and I will be hitting that old Submit button.