I started writing a new story this past week and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the struggle I was going through midweek.
I’ve always pantsed my books and they’ve never gone anywhere.
I’ve written 5 books, but they were all pantsed.
When I looked back at what I’d done wrong with them there was only one explanation for what I’d done wrong.
I didn’t use an outline.
With this new story, I’m using an outline, beat sheet and a story development sketch.
I figured if, after five books that I didn’t feel good enough about, I should try something else.
The definition of insanity is doing something over and over expecting new results.
That’s why I’m writing the new story with a beat sheet, outline, and story development sketch.
The need to move my writing forward, get published, and help my wife out more is what drives me to write, that and I really love the work. I love writing, I love it more than almost anything.
I love writing, I love it more than almost anything.
My goal this summer has been to improve my writing. I’ve done that by reading books, practicing sentence structure, and writing stories that I wouldn’t write otherwise.
This last step–an outline–is where I’ve struggled most.
It’s like learning to write all over again. Following the beats, outline and other pieces within
Following the beats, outline and other pieces within the structure, I’ve set for the novel is more difficult, but I know the book will be better for it.
It’s hard but without the difficulties, my writing wouldn’t improve and that was my goal for this summer.
I hadn’t planned on writing a long-form story this summer but things change and we have to improve to grow our craft.