Guest Post by Author Alain Gomez
Outlining is actually a newly acquired skill for me. Although I was taught the art in school by my excellent teachers, I never really had a need for it. I’ve always been comfortable writing school-related topics and my brain tends to be of a logical bent. So the five paragraph essay and I understood each other quite well.
But things have changed now I am an electronically published author with barely a copy a day flying off the digital shelves. I’ve still stuck to my policy of “just write anything that comes to mind and go back to correct later.” However, I find that I more and more need to go back and jot down a short outline just to help keep the flow of the story on track; especially now that I have been trying to make series.
While the short outlines help me to stay on track, I still don’t like to get too bogged down with them. My personal feeling is that the author should really just let the story take its natural course. I don’t think I’ve ever ended a story the way I originally “planned” it. I’ll be in the middle and suddenly realize that the characters are taking it in a different direction. Which is really the best part about writing!
Thank you Alain!