"The Autodidacts": Thomas Kendall On Writing Without An Outline

Column by Thomas Kendall July 25, 2022
Fortunately, your source is infinitely replenishable: On writing without an outline, out of an image you don’t understand, towards a beauty you’re not sure exists.

How This Pantser Became a Plotter — For Now

Column by Karis Rogerson
An avowed pantser turns herself into a plotter and falls in love with the journey.

Two Truths and One Lie: How to Use Real Experience to Write a Story

Column by Max Booth III June 28, 2019
Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.

5 Unconventional Methods of Writing a Story

Column by Max Booth III February 13, 2019
Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.

10 Must-Know Tips For Outlining Your Novel

Column by Emmanuel Nataf February 6, 2019
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Shitty First Draft

Column by Christoph Paul August 15, 2017
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.

Three Secrets to a Cleaner First Draft

Column by Riki Cleveland February 8, 2017
If your first drafts are more unfit for public consumption than you’d really like, try these tips for a cleaner, more organized initial pass.
A Conversation With Ben H. Winters About Racism, Outlining, and His New Novel 'U

A Conversation With Ben H. Winters About Racism, Outlining, and His New Novel 'Underground Airlines'

Interview by Rob Hart July 8, 2016
Ben H. Winters talks about the controversy related to his new novel (or lack thereof), racial appropriation, outlining, and what he's got coming next...

Embracing Hypnagogia: How to Write Using Your Subconscious

Column by Max Booth III March 25, 2015
Hypnagogia is the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. It might also possibly be one of our mind’s most vital tools for creativity.

Abandoning Linearity and Enabling Shuffle Mode: How to Write Out of Sequence

Column by Max Booth III March 13, 2015
By writing out of sequence, you no longer have to force yourself to write the boring bits. You are always writing the fun chapters. The scenes that remind you why you’re a writer in the first place.

8 Ways to Outline a Novel

Column by Rob Blair Young October 28, 2014
I go into several methods for outlining longer pieces, including free-write summary, skeletal summaries, "snowflake" summaries, visual outlines, and more.

So You Want to Write A Book: Part 0 — Ready, Set, Don't Go Yet

Column by Leah Rhyne August 21, 2014
In this, the first in a new series of columns about the mechanics of writing a book, we'll talk about the prep work that should occur before you even sit down at your computer/notebook/typewriter.