{Ramblings On} On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines

Maybe this is what I need to restart my real writing with gusto. Perhaps all the practice writing ramblings and mindless banter isn’t clearing my mind and I need a clear OUTLINED path?


I really like this post from Andrew @AdoptingJames — and he’s got a lot more in the pipeline!

{Not sure why I techno-failed and the reblog didn’t occur as expected — please go to the source site for his run-down — it’s great!}

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I’ve used very loose outlines for writing, but filling in the details on the screen feels so…artificial. That’s one of the reasons I’m posting daily right now. Just getting used to the creativity flowing through the computer is a whole different medium. So to me, this seems super foreign.

Certainly more time efficient, but definitely not comfortable. I think back to Natalie Goldberg and “Writing Down the Bones” (also echoed in her book, “The True Secret of Writing” which I’m reading now) is that there is a physical and emotional connection with the act of writing longhand versus typing on a laptop or with technology {blog post forthcoming, but there is cross-over with the other book I’m re-reading by Marie Kondo}.

I digress, so back to the outline. It’s really a great set-up he has here for filling in your thoughts {and what a fun idea of a world inside a cardboard box…totally something my children have done, but role reversal with the adult finding it there!}.

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Then as Andrew states, you follow the outline and as you tick off your outline, you move forward:

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Who do you follow? What writers would you recommend following when beginning serious writing?


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Andrew & Sarabeth

On my post for writers to post their questions, Victoria Crowley of VictoriaScotiaCrowley.com asked:

“Outlines. Let’s talk about outlines. How can outlines can be a useful tool for writing a book? And what’s the best way to use them?”


Outlines are like a warm heater in a cold cabin after coming in from the snow. They take a while to thaw you out, but once you get the hang of them, they warm up your fingers and gear you up to type all the way to the last page.

Or at least to the next big plot twist in your book.

Here’s how outlines work – or at least how use them in my books. (I have created a mock-outline for my book, The Man in the Box for those who are visual learners.)

1. All the Big Ideas

The first thing I do before I dive into a…

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