Friday, May 10, 2013

A Cool Way to Outline Your Novel

I may be a little late to the party, but I have found an awesome free tool on the Internet to use when outlining and brainstorming ideas for your next novel.

Now, I've never used anything before. Naturally, I am a pantster. I've tried to outline. Tried to plan. Just one example is when I began my current WIP. I went out and purchased a big white board, which I begged my husband to hang it for me. I swore I was going to use it. Well...I lied. Now it just hangs there mocking me.

All I have ever used is a composition notebook, my iPhone and my Macbook. I will admit that my writing takes longer than it should because even though my mind knows where the story is heading, I have a lot of work to do to connect the dots. Most times, I also need to back track and do more revisions too. If I could just find a way to actually prepare myself for writing I'd be better off.

I know that the best thing for a writer to do is outline. Deep in the old gray matter--I truly understand and agree with this. The problem is that I just can't seem to outline. Ever. Today I just happened to find the answer to all of my problems. It's a FREE tool online called WorkFlowy.


I've already registered and began creating a few pages. So far, it seems super easy to use. After discovering that there is both an iPad and iPhone app, I am convinced this tool is perfect for me!

Anyone else ever use this? What do you think?

7 comments:

  1. will definitely be checking this out!

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  2. Your pantsing problems sound exactly like mine! I have a hard time outlining, too, and am a slow writer because of it. I'll have to check this out!

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  3. That's awesome! I'm sharing this with my writing group pronto!

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  4. Fantastic! Glad I could share something that others can use too. Happy writing!

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  5. I've been doing this for outlines until I switched to web diagrams. I become too wordy if I do it this way, whereas with the web diagram way, I can put the ideas down and it gives me room to change things and add as much as I like/is needed.

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  6. I took a look at it, it came across akin to what I do now on word, bullet point lists with indents for subgroups. That said, I'm so pantser, I make notes, never revisit them. One thing that helps while in a chapter write, is bullet point an idea I get on the "next page", and carry over any unused ideas to the next chapter. Once I use it, I delete the note line. It can get cumbersome, but it's at my fingertips without having to open another file.

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  7. This looks fantastic! I'm checking it out and will definitely be playing around with it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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