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LookingForOctober ([personal profile] lookingforoctober) wrote2016-03-16 06:44 pm
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Outlining

I think I'm moving away from the view that outlining is for the purpose of making sure it's possible to get to the end, and toward the view that outlining is for the purpose of making sure that the structure the rest of the writing is going to depend on, the core of the story is...I don't know that beautiful is quite the right word. Solid? Elegant? Immaculate?

Either that or my perfectionist tendencies are running away with me.

(But seriously, a flaw in the premise, or a flaw in the outline, maybe you can fix it later -- if you are not a seriously lazy person like me who will resent having to make changes later on -- but there is always the chance that it will be a flaw forever.)
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[personal profile] hickorysmoke 2016-03-17 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
That's definitely how/why I outline. I can't see the forest for the trees once I'm involved in the actual business of writing and make mistakes in story structure that are a mess to unravel. 100% of the time.
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[personal profile] yhlee 2016-03-17 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
ditto here. i use outlines to lay out and fix structure--it's much easier to fix a problem in a 2-3 page outline than in a 100k ms.

(sorry no caps, rsi)
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[personal profile] ljlee 2016-03-20 12:02 pm (UTC)(link)
To me the two goals are related, because I can't reach the end (or at least the end will be shoddy) unless the underlying structure is solid. It's not something that comes naturally to me and I've been searching for years for the perfect formula, which evades me but at least I've learned some things. Outlining still doesn't save me from extensive corrections, though, because things always change in the writing process and usually affect the larger story.