Getting Started and How to Outline a Story

The Ink Screen

Some authors prefer making really intricate outlines; others prefer to sit down and write what naturally flows through their fingers. A loose outline can guide you and help keep you on track (this will save time in the long-run as you won’t have to be cutting out a lot of purple prose and it results in less plot holes). Outlining can kick-start your story and help you get started, here I’m going to talk about a few ways you can go about outlining and getting started with your story.

The pre-plan

Do you have a target audience/market in mind? If so this can make it easier for you as the genre you will write in affects your writing style and there are certain conventions in these genres that you will need to take note of. Therefore it is important to consider who you are writing for. Are you writing simply…

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