12.26: Q&A on Outlining and Discovery Writing
Your Hosts: Brandon, Piper, Dan, and Howard
Our listeners had questions about outlining and discovery writing. Here are a few of the very best:
- Do you outline scenes? How?
- How do you know when to STOP outlining something?
- How much do you have to know about your character and/or world before you start writing?
- What do you to to diagnose and fix a structural problem with a discovery-written draft?
- What do you do to ‘get into’ an outline that you’re struggling with.
- Are each of your projects similar in terms of procedure?
- What are some major indicators that a piece needs more structural work?
Soundbite moment: DAN: “I had to learn the difference between a story, and a bunch of stuff that happens.”
Credits: this episode was recorded in Cosmere House Studios by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered via great mastery by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Find another writer. You each write a quick outline for a story, print it, then cut your outline into strips. Now, trade piles of strips. Your missions? Re-assemble the other writer’s outline.
Thing of the week: Contracted Defense, by Piper J. Drake.
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