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I've been trying to make outlining work for me, and it has been a struggle, but I've realized exactly why I need to make this work:

Writing words cannot be allowed to be the hard part of writing, because you have to write lots and lots of words (at least, you do if you're me, and want to actually finish one of the really long things in your head). It's okay if outlining is hard. You don't have to generate so large a quantity of outline.

I just need to get it into my head that outlining is hard, and that it's okay if every stage of expansion takes some time (and isn't perfect, that's okay too).

Date: 2015-10-27 04:49 am (UTC)
yhlee: fractal (fractal (art: unHnu icon: enriana))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
That's a really smart way of looking at outlining vs. writing. I don't feel exactly the same way, but similarly--writing is sometimes a slog for me, but outlining allows me to prevent a lot of the kinds of problems I tend to get myself into if I don't outline. *wry look*

I sometimes struggle to get my outlines to work, but the results are worth it.

Date: 2015-10-27 09:37 pm (UTC)
yhlee: Sandman raven with eyeball (Sandman raven (credit: rilina))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Makes sense--I can't hold details in my head, so writing them down and organizing them into an outline is super useful.

I actually hate generating new words and vastly prefer revising, so I'm the opposite of you. So in your case figuring out a way to minimize revising is good thinking!

Date: 2015-10-27 10:12 pm (UTC)
yhlee: icosahedron (d20) (d20 (credit: bag_fu on LJ))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
*nod*

In my case, I tend to write short and then have to expand, but for some reason that feels less onerous than the initial draft!

Date: 2015-10-27 10:19 pm (UTC)
yhlee: fractal (fractal (art: unHnu icon: enriana))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Yes!

You are so much more articulate about process than I am. :D

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