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6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

As I embark on NaNoWriMo without a clue of what to write, I searched for something to bolster my confidence. I want to write — I need to write — there are several ideas bouncing around in my head, yet none of them are where I want to spend a month or longer (they’re all autobiographical, dark, and depressing).

I really want to write middle grade/YA fiction and non-fiction, so I thought it would be fun to ghost write for my kids. I started writing fanfiction as a means to refresh my skills. I haven’t taken a composition course in nearly twenty years. I’ve learned a lot in the little over a year I’ve been writing.

My eleven-year-old son has been after me to write something he can enjoy, so I am dedicating NaNo to him.

The whole family has gotten in on the act. Our brainstorming sessions have been boisterous and yielded little results. Therefore, I’m pantsing the whole thing. I’ve been looking around for affirmation of my decision, and found this article.

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline.


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2 thoughts on “6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

  1. Ahh, Daph! I’m so glad I’m not the only one with very little idea what to write, but a determination to at least attempt NaNoWriMo.. I have a vague plan.. and I’m hoping that I’ll actually get around to sitting down every day and actually writing.. I think it’s going to be a whole load of fluffy crap, but if I manage to do it – I won’t care!! Fingers crossed.. and you have my support.. 100%! 😉 xxx


  2. daphodill on said:

    That’s awesome, Roni! Showing up is a huge part of the challenge. Just do it. The 50k words don’t even have to all be one story, perhaps you’ll end the month with a collection of stories.

    Thanks, and I’ve got your back, too.

    Here’s my profile, we can be writing buddies if you’d like.


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