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    To Outline or Not to Outline

    How to Write a Novel: Step by Step Plotting your entire novel is an enormous undertaking. A lot of percolating about your story has gone on before you are ready to take on such a mammoth task. Or, you may decide that outlining is not for you. Let’s look at the options. In the writing world, much controversy surrounds the plotter versus the pantser approach to writing a novel. Plotters are those writers who love to have every plot point, well, plotted, the narrative arc firmly charted, and the scenes organized. Plotter style Plotters are those writers who love to have every plot point, well, plotted, the narrative arc firmly…