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    Finally!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by EricaJRothwell, Aug 23, 2015.

    Finally!

    I feel like shouting from the rooftops, I'm so happy. For the first time in my entire life I have written an outline for my story from beginning to end. I've never done that before, I always have a spark, start writing and never finish my books because I end up not knowing where to take it, getting frustrated and then having a new idea for something else.

    Now I have my guide; mybeginning, middle and ending, I know that I'm finally going to finish a book!!!!

    (I apologise if this is the wrong section to post a thread like this)

    Am I the only one like this or do any of you have difficulty finishing a story?
     
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    I really ought to start an outline of my own. Seems to be very helpful for planners like us. :) Good for you, you have an outline now. GET TO WRITING! :D

    And yes, I have much difficulty finishing a story. I think putting it in an outline is very helpful. We can't build cars without a blueprint to build on, now can we? :p
     
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    Well done :D I originally didn't have an outline but started losing track/getting confused, so now i do. I have two WIP but haven't completed the outline for either one yet. I kinda write some, outline some. Works for me o_O
     
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    Well, we all need to find something that works best for us. :D Some like to have every little thing planned down, others prefer to write crazy with not a care in the world how much sense it makes. Whatever helps us out in the long run is what we should do.
     
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    Always wrote from outlines when doing research papers (non-creative writing related)--don't know why I pretend that having an outline will impede the creative process. I know it won't. It really is about holding the reins when the horse wants to gallop out of the gate and simply having the self-discipline to do it. Good for you! And a good reminder for me.
     
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    It's a pretty solid system if you follow it. Baby steps, right? Step 1, A,B,C. Step 2 write A, write B, write C. Step 3, edited first draft, and so forth
     
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    And now the hard work begins :D

    Joking aside, congratulations. I wrote a very brief outline for my current novel - no more than seven bullet points with a sentence or two for each - but like yourself it was the first time I hadn't taken on a novel 'idea' totally blind, and it certainly allowed me to make a start with much more confidence.
     
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    Congrats on your outline. Just be ready to tweak it here and there ...unless your story is as strong as they come :)
     
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    No, you're definitely not the only one! I struggle with the exact same things. So I'm happy that you did this, I know how hard it is. Inspiring though, now I know it can be done... thanks ;)
    Happy writing!
     
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    You are so not alone! However my unfinished stories were probably for the best; I wasn't writing them because I loved them, I was writing them because I thought they would be popular.

    I can only do the briefest of outlines. I extensively outlined a few stories, and then I got bored because I knew exactly what was going to happen. So in my WIP I know all the major plot points, but there's still a lot for me to discover.

    Just different kinds of writers.

    Anyway, congratulations!!!
     
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    Thank you!! I'm also glad that I managed to inspire you! Let me know how yours goes :)
     
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    You've got a very good point! My outline is quite brief so I definitely have room to take my characters on a journey but I've given myself enough structure so that I don't go off on a tangent and then get frustrated with myself when I don't know where to take it next.
     
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