Nanowrimo Prep: Outlining


Where on earth did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was just making an EARLY Nano prep post! Jeez!

Theatrics aside, today I wanted to discuss outlining. If you’re the type who just starts and writes, writes, writes, then good on yah! But I can’t do that! Personally I think outlining will give you your best shot at Nanowrimo. Though I’m sure many people do it without one!

For me, outlining is a way to propel yourself into your own story. It’s a way to plot and pitch (to yourself) where you want this to go. An outline is not set in stone. You can make as many changes as you want, or as few as you want. I know I ALWAYS without fail end up changing mine. I go where the writing takes me, even if I have a thorough plan.

For example: The Aldar Dominion is what I’m currently working on and what I will be working on for Nano. My timeline is 10k. Yes, you read that right. 10,000 words. And that’s without the edits I’ve already made. I know that is A LOT, and your timelines do NOT need to be that long! I just like writing a detailed timeline on everything I want to happen, chapter by chapter (this way I even know where to end). But remember everything doesn’t always work out as you plan it, and that’s OK! I know I’ll sometimes shorten a chapter or lengthen it on the fly because I thought of more details or decided to take some things out. Not to mention, sometimes a scene just doesn’t end up being as long as you thought it’d be, and that’s OK!

But, do you need a timeline? That question again. In my opinion (again), yes! Yes you do.

A timeline will keep you on track and tell you where to go when you’re unsure. Instead of writing until you run out of juice or get stuck, you can look at that handy little timeline and say, “OH! This is where things go next. Awesome!” Or, you know, something along those lines.

This is a pretty short post, but honestly I’ve talked about why you should outline SO MANY TIMES before! If you want to know more, you can check on my Nanowrimo Early Prep post, or the video I did a couple years ago on outlining:

So that’s it for me today guys! Let me know your take on outlining in the comments below!

Until next time! Stay classy internet!



Since creating this post last year I’ve made an updated video on outlining. Check out that video below:

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