This post was originally made on Thursday, but when blogger went down so did this post.
There are all kinds of writers in the world. Two of types are those who do outline and those who do not. Until recently, I found myself in the not outlining writers. At school, when teachers would say, "Write an outline and hand it in with your final draft," I would write my paper and then make an outline based off of what I had written to turn in to my teacher. I didn't like outlines, I thought they were a waste of my time. I just wanted to write, because I knew where I was going, and through a story I'd come up with some brilliant subplot which would make the whole outline pointless.
And now, for my WIP, I wrote an outline. Due to a bit of juggling that will occur due to plot elements, I was having trouble focusing where I wanted to go. So I sat down and made a list of the events I wanted to happen, then placed them in chapter by chapter as what would be the best way to construct the plot. Now that I'm moving along my WIP, there have been changes to my outline. Which is totally cool. Outlines are flexible, which for some reason in my teenage brain, it hadn't gotten through. That's something I think is so great about writing, the flexibility of it all. But now I think outlines provide a focus and organize a writer's cluttered mind.
What are everyone else's thoughts on outlines?