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Happy Sunday, everyone!

As many of you know, I’ve been having problems figuring out what to do about my hero. There’s a horrible secret in the town where he is sheriff, and I’ve been trying to decide whether or not he could be forgiven if he knew about this secret. Could we forgive him? Could the herione forgive him? But I was sitting down for a session of writing Thursday evening, and instead of jumping into the story, I took out some paper and started jotting down notes about the town’s secret and why it happened, etc. And I realized the hero didn’t HAVE to know what was happening. He suspects some things, but they are so unbelievable that he denies to himself what’s going on. It’s going to work this way, I think! I didn’t exactly do an outline, but I wrote down some major points of things that were going on. Next, I’m going to write down some things that need to happen. My biggest problem now is how to explain to the reader what has happened in the past without an info dump. In this case, it’s going to be hard. I think part of it will be explained in dialogue where someone has to tell the story. Doing that is close to an info dump, so I’m going to have to be careful. There are just some things that can’t be revealed any other way than to tell the story.

Well, I wrote three days last week, but not the three days I originally planned to write. Instead of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I wrote Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. But it was still three days! I wanted to post a word count, but I can’t get Microsoft Excel to work this morning. I’m going to reboot my computer and see what happens. I’ve never had trouble with this program before. 😦

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I’m posting this knowing that I may be the only person who even reads it.  So far, I’ve had no comments, so the people who know about this blog either are not reading or are just lurking.

Back to the topic.  A lot of authors, including a good friend of mine, believe in outlines.  They meticulously write out every thought, and organize the story line, character, etc.  Most wouldn’t even think about starting a novel without the outline.  I’m just a little bit different.  I start with a general idea, and the story flows from there.  This makes writing a little more exciting, because I have no idea what’s going to happen next.  I have a pretty good idea what the ending is going to be like, but not exactly.  What seems to happen is that my characters take on a life of their own.  Instead of telling them what to do, they are doing what they want to do.  Sometimes they surprise me.  If any writers are out there reading this, let me know how you write.  Outline…or not.  What are the pros and cons of each?

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