All my life, people have told me, “You need to outline.” The way I wrote mystified everyone, and they thought I just hadn’t discovered the value of an outline. We’re not broken! Pantsers merely have a different approach that doesn’t involve outlining. I recently wrote a short story, and I noted the process as I went along.
The story was for a war-themed fantasy and science fiction anthology, with a short deadline. I had five days to finish it. I started with an existing idea. I don’t know much about the story, other than the main character has an unusual magical skill that’s highly valued and feared. Starting the story with so little is terrifying, but … Read the rest on Unleaded Fuel for Writers.
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