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Outlining is probably one of the most dreaded words to writers who fly by the seat of their pants. In this worksheet, I show you how not only does it not have to be like that, but how to effectively change your own outlook on it and improve your writing.




We have to learn to make our brain work for us, not be slaves to it and its whims. This is where outlining can be a big help! Now don’t be scared. No matter if you’ve tried outlining before or not, I’m confident that this will help you.


Firstly, we need to change how we view outlining. I’ll start with where I struggle in this particular area. I have always seen outlining this way:


  • Write out idea

  • See it as something that HAS to happen

  • If I don’t write it, I have failed

  • Write, erase, repeat


Sound familiar to anyone?

03: Getting Your Story Started Worksheet: To Outline Or Not To Outline

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    Outlining is a scary word to some when it comes to writing stories. For most, it can put a damper on the whole writing experience because they get bogged down in trying to figure out every little detail. This worksheet takes outlining and looks at it from a new, slightly less intimidating perspective that will help you get your story rolling full steam ahead!