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This week I've experimented with a new way for me to write and it has to do with outlining. That is something that I have not been able to do. Usually I have a good idea, write about it and then abandon the story somewhere in the middle. That happens for a variety of reasons but one of the main ones is that I don't know where the story is going. Some writers suggest that the end of the story should be written first but I have never had a neat story idea with a beginning, middle and end.

This week, with online index cards and a notebook, I attempted to plot/outline just one chapter and it worked well. That's a surprise! First it became clear that my original idea wasn't going to work followed by the realization that I had not begun the story in the right place.

The physical act of drawing out story board blocks on graft paper and using arrows and color was much more satisfying and productive for me than just using computer generated index cards - to a point. Once blocks were crossed out and others added with convoluted arrows, that's when I needed paper or computer index cards that I could manipulate or toss at will.

Does anyone else use outlines or index cards?

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