5 responses to “Keller’s NaNoWriMo Korner: Nah, No Outline”

  1. Shannon Yarbrough

    I love a good first sentence! Love to write them and love to ponder them in other work! A couple of my favs that come to mind…

    “In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.” -Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

    and who could forget:

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” – Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

    One of my own from Stealing Wishes: “This is something you may or may not know.”

    and of course, Chapter 1′s first line from AYSD?: “What happened to your goat?”

    Like you, I avoid outlines. I’ve tried! They just don’t work for me. Sometimes I even come back and will start outlining after I’ve written a chapter or two, just to attempt to keep plot lines in order, but I usually disregard them in the end.

    Great post!


  2. Carissa

    Great first sentence, R.J.! And a fabulous post with a great point. Anything written that helps your story along, whether it’s just an exercise that gives a much needed boost, or beautiful prose that will wow your readers later on, can be counted towards NaNoWriMo. I will remember that.

  3. Tracy Lucas

    I’m on day four looking at a measly day two word count. Ugh.

    Like you said, though, it’s the freedom of discovery which makes all the difference.

    Good luck!

  4. Danielle Bannister

    I feel like flying by the seat of your pants is the only way to write. If you too busy focusing on what you’ve outlined, you’re going to miss where your characters want to take you. Drive at midnight with only the headlights on baby! It’s an exciting ride that way.

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