I hate outlining. Always have. I hated it when I was in school. Still hate it. It, to my autistic mind, is unnecessary and illogical. I don’t like the pattern of standard outlines. They irritate me.
And I am a proud pantser.
I’m not–not entirely a pantser anymore.
I now use a bastardized version of the beat sheet. Plus, a cozy mystery outline I found online that is basically just a series of questions to allow an author to keep track of the details of the victim, the killer, and the main suspects.
These are new additions to what I usually keep in my book bible.
As I’m now working on what will hopefully be two lengthy book series, keeping outlines and additional information will save me from losing my mind when I write book 2.
I don’t think I’ll ever be a full planner. I doubt I’ll work with a traditional outline. They annoy me too much.
But, a little bit of planning has definitely kept my last two WIPs from going off the rails.
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