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The Plot Un-thickens


I know the, “Outline Vs. No Outline, Plot ahead vs. Plot during,” debate is a stale topic, but I believe it will always be valid.

I’m about 5,000 words into my WIP and I have no outline, haven’t really thought about where it’s going, and this is usually around the time I get a bit– Lost.
I haven’t reached that point yet, but I feel it coming. I’m not sure how to combat this problem though. I’m not an outliner and every attempt I’ve made to do so has ended… well, with me more confused than before, without a lick of writing after that point.
I think I know how to plot. I’ve read it in all the writing books, but for some reason I have no clue how to apply what I’ve learned. Maybe I need to re-read some of them again, or all of them. I may be interweaving these two points, but I think they are similar.
So– how do you all do it? Outline or No? Any suggestions on some good writing books that help with this?

5 Responses to “The Plot Un-thickens”

  1. sAm says:

    I outline. I figure it’s like a road map – at least in the beginning I know where I’m going. Along the way, I may choose to take some detours or even go to a new place, but I find comfort in at least starting with an end destination.

  2. Iapetus999 says:

    Have you seen this one? No Plot, no problem
    From the NaNoWriMo people.

  3. EriCan says:

    Sam- That’s a good analogy. It would be great to have an outline, I just don’t know where to start, and I feel like, if I’m not writing I’m not really getting anywhere… you know?

    Iapetus999- You know, that’s one I haven’t read. I’ll put it on my list. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  4. Do you have any thoughts about where you want the story to go? Have you written those thoughts down? If you have, you have my version of an outline.

    I prefer the word “guide” because really, it’s just guiding me along the way I think the story should go, but because it’s so loose, it’s easy to modify if something takes an unexpected turn.

  5. EriCan says:

    Mel- You know I have thought about where’s it’s going a bit, I don’t have the meat for my story pizza yet, just the toppings… and I do have a seperate sheet with things I think of. Guide is a good word for it!

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one 😉

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