It's getting kind of close to NaNoWrimo, so those who like to outline have begun, and those who don't are singing Hakuna Matata and doing what it is they do in October. And then there are those who still haven't decided if they're a plotter or a panster (for those of you who do not yet know these phrases, a plotter is a person who outlines, and a panster is a person who doesn't and flies by the seat of their pants). Like me :)
There are pros and cons to outlining (as there is to everything of course) and I'm gonna go over all the ones I can think of so you can decide to be a plotter and get cracking on that before it's too late. Of course, if you decide to be a panster, enjoy the rest of your October and come back Monday! ;)
1. Follow the Yellow Brick Road!: One thing's for sure, your budding novel is less likely to be a mess of random ideas, and there will not be as many major plot holes. With an outline, you've got a clear path to follow, and you don't have to worry about not knowing what to write for this or that part.
2. Got Some Meat on its Bones: Your idea will be fleshed out and developed (at least mostly), so it'll be easier for you to describe in detail everything in your story. The better you know your story, the more words you can put down, the closer you are to winning. :)
1. No Spontaneous Combustion, Aw: Sometimes outlines can be a little too rigid. Sometimes, you just can't add something spontaneously without completely moving away from your outline. And perhaps your story would be better with that spontaneous addition, but you just don't want to abandon your outline.
2. 🎵Today I Don't Want to Do Anything🎵: Outlines take work, and maybe you don't want to do that kind of work right now. Maybe you want a calm before the storm scenario where during October you relax, and deal with NaNoWrimo stress during NaNoWrimo. (Or maybe you're just too busy to outline. :P )
Hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you make your decision. And that those of who who already decided found it at least a little bit funny. Comment what you think! :)
A good chunk of you already know who I am, considering I sent you here, but for those of you people who found my blog by accident, let me introduce myself. My name is Madison Anderson and I was born and spent little more than half my life in Oregon (US for those of you who don't know and don't want to look it up), so it's no wonder I like the rain. I'm obsessed with Disney (bought myself a Woody doll and I'm so happy :) ) and books. I'm now into drawing, and whenever I get around to it I plan on selling my work. You can visit my art page (someday it'll be website) at https://www.facebook.com/randomart17/?ref=bookmarks