Writing without an outline is a daring and exhilarating 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.