Time Management for Writers: Incremental Outlining

Writing without an outline is a daring and exhillittlepenarating course, and I admire those who do. Still, high-wire writing can be hard on productivity for those of us who are fitting a full-time writing career into a full-time life, and more so for those determined to create a body of work rather than a single oeuvre.

Drafting 3,000 words in a week to a superb outline gets a writer two 70,000 books a year or a single longer book. (See Doing the Math For Your Writing Career.)  Revisions take far less time if a first draft is structurally cogent.

To this end, many of us will be able to identify a few scattered ten-minute periods through the week in which we can jot down outlines of scenes, character development, and settings.

Story elements take shape in increments this way even through a hectic week. With a little meaningful time with a writing project, incremental progress feels great, and we’re confident in storylines and character development when the time is here to sit down and draft.

Hope it’s another brilliant writing week.

Cheers

Mel

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