[–] ardvarcus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Discover as you write

This is an excellent way to write yourself into a corner from which you can't extricate yourself. The reason we write outlines is to avoid reaching a place where we have nowhere to progress.

Follow random tangents

The problem with this advice is that it can lead to such a jumble of unfinished threads that you are never able to sort them all out or combine them into a unified narrative. Being scatterbrained is not a prescription for success in creative writing.

Create unusual writing rituals

What has been found to work best for professional writers is consistency about when you work, where you work, and how you work. Successful writers almost always have a set writing habit that they do not deviate from. They write at the same time of day, in the same location, and try to produce around the same number of words. It's not a "writing ritual" if you don't do it consistently.

Write the middle of your story

This stands out as the worst advice of all. It is generally held by writers that if you know your ending, which is the most important thing, and have a solid beginning, that the middle will take care of itself. It is perfectly fine to write a section of your novel out of chronological sequence, if you want to do so, but you will discover that if you do this too often, you are left with a jumble of pieces that are as hard to assemble as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

Add more into a chapter

This is the only one of the five tips that does make good sense, if you are the kind of writer that writes quickly to get the outline of your story down without taking the time to flesh in all the details. It may be necessary in this case to expand your chapters, or add new chapters, when you work on your second draft. Editing it not always about cutting -- sometimes it is about adding new material.


[–] Philosopher_King 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I prefer going on on tangents. Always helped when writing essays and filling pages :)