That good old “outline”

Here is some more technical advice. Even the best writers, those with years of practice and experience, prepare an outline before writing. Yes, an outline, just like we learnt in school for writing essays. Make ordered notes on what you want to say including lists of words, ideas and places. Then, study this sheet and look for illumination: in what order do you want to tell your story? Give it a try, you can always go back and reorganise things. Start with one order and give it a try. If it doesn’t work, create a new order and try that. It is important to create a concrete reference before writing so that all parts of your story are balanced and you can choose when to reveal details or characters. Remember: you are the one who decides where your story (and, therefore, your reader) will go.

Claudio Visentin and Guido Bosticco


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