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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 7

Outline Your Book Like a Boss

Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”? In case you’re not familiar with these not-so-technical terms, plotters think outlines are the bee’s knees, while pantsers prefer to write by the seat of their pants. The plotting versus pantsing debate is an ongoing controversy, one that has raged in the writing world for years.

Plotters live for organization and structure. They color-code their wardrobes, alphabetize their spice racks, and spend hours pouring over The Container Store catalog. Plotters invest a lot of time planning their novels so that when they sit down at the keyboard the story practically writes itself. The one danger with this methodical approach is that all this planning might squelch the life out ...

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