An outline is an often daunting thing for writers. We’re scattered and disorganized, we take a strange amount of pride in our spontaneity and for some reason we treat art like some people view magic–if there is a method to it, if there are explainable things, it becomes science and when you understand it, it loses something.
Let me joyfully and eagerly tell you that this is absolute and utter lies.
Science IS magic, and even if I were to delve into my most hippie-dippie pagan green-witch self, I would still tell you there are methods to spells and prayers.
And that they are still beautiful and wonderful all the same.
Alys started with an outline. A rather detailed one. And I retooled it many times. Does knowing that make it any less enjoyable? I would hope not, that’d be rather silly.
“But Kiri, I’m not a real writer, I can’t do an outline–”
Shhh, little traveler. Shh. You are.
Let’s start right there. You. Are. A. Writer.
Do you write? Do you enjoy writing?
That’s all it takes. I know that’s bewildering and seems like a snake oil, but I promise you friend, it’s true.
So, again, let’s get back to outlines.
Outlines are going to be your map. But the thing to remember is this is a map of your making. And you may find you will have to add to it or correct it along the way. And just because you HAVE a map, does not mean you don’t have the license to wander. In fact, you’ll find you’re more inclined to explore because you HAVE that map. You know where you’ve been, where you’re going or where you’re likely to go.
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Hello my beautiful Curios, it’s been some time!
Summer is FINALLY OVER (I know it’s not until September 21st, but let me have this)! We’re trekking into the glorious time on this planet Earth of autumn and leaves changing (if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where trees do that). Everything is starting to smell like cinnamon and apple and pumpkin pie. Warm colors blossom everywhere. You may even get to use a scarf!
But most importantly of all…
November is coming.
Yes, dear heart, we’ve barely stumbled into September and I’ve got NaNoWriMo in my sights. Why? Because this year, my love, even if you have never done so before, this year you’re going to win. And I’m going to be with you every step of the way.
And to start? You’re going to story-load. It’s like carbo-loading, but with stories. Download new audiobooks, try a new show–go see a movie (or three) that intrigues you. CONSUME. ALL. THE. THINGS. New things. Not the comfortable re-watches, new things where you don’t always know what’s coming. Why?
Because in order to create art, we have to feel, we have to experience, and I’m a firm believer that we can only write our own stories after we’ve filled our minds, hearts, and bellies with so many others.
So for our NaNo prep, we’re gonna be sponges! Absorb, digest, and ponder. What do you like about these stories? What do you not like? What would you do differently? Let’s talk!
As we continue forward we’re going to add what we see/read in the comments below and talk a little about each. Let’s get those creative thoughts going, warmed up and primed. Because come November, if you haven’t loaded up on stories and tales, you’re going to feel absolutely creatively STARVED.
Let’s do this, friends. Grab a chair and a plate. Let’s dig in.