why are outlines so essentiel?

2018-10-19 05:25:53

In writing class huge emphasis was put on outlining the entire plot. Yet as I write it things change dramatically and I end up not following the outline. Is it bad to just go with the flow?

That's understandable. There's always that tempting desire to write things as 'efficiently' as possible, where the time spent planning a particular section turns immediately into results when writing that section.

It's also something that rarely works the way you'd hope.

There are great benefits to knowing where you're going before you write it. There's the obvious stuff: you can hardly foreshadow a key event if you haven't yet already planned that it should happen. But there's always some difficulty in writing down a section if you don't know where it's going, and there's plenty of danger that you'll write yourself into a dead end. And even with the question of the plot changing, it's very reasonable that understanding how the plot needs to change is easier when you know h

  • That's understandable. There's always that tempting desire to write things as 'efficiently' as possible, where the time spent planning a particular section turns immediately into results when writing that section.

    It's also something that rarely works the way you'd hope.

    There are great benefits to knowing where you're going before you write it. There's the obvious stuff: you can hardly foreshadow a key event if you haven't yet already planned that it should happen. But there's always some difficulty in writing down a section if you don't know where it's going, and there's plenty of danger that you'll write yourself into a dead end. And even with the question of the plot changing, it's very reasonable that understanding how the plot needs to change is easier when you know how the plot is supposed to fit together beforehand.

    (I've spent half a year on my project going nowhere because I actually needed to write another event first to make everything work: better planning could have s

    2018-10-19 05:51:55