To Outline or Not to Outline


UPDATE: When I set out to write this series of posts, I NEVER imagined it would be as popular as it has become. But in the almost year since I published this series, it’s gotten consistent traffic, and remains my highest trafficked post via Pinterest to date. So…


I have decided to publish this series as an ebook. 30 Days to Becoming a Writer will release on Amazon on August 25, 2014.

Click here to purchase your copy today! 



No, that’s not a typo – The book is a 30 Day Guide, not 31 Day Guide. I condensed the material into readable chapters, and organized it in a way that gives readers a comprehensive guide to writing and publishing in an easily digestible format. 


I will be removing the posts from this space in an effort to preserve the integrity of the book, but as soon as the book goes live, I will include the link where you can purchase these posts for your online library.


My hope and desire it that people will be inspired to continue to create, to write, and ultimately, to author the words that float in their heads and hearts. I’m so honored to have you all on this journey with me. I hope that you will benefit in your career as a writer from the tips offered in 30 Days to Becoming an Author. For more information on the book, and for more Pinterest-worthy images to promote it, go to


Thanks for taking this journey with me!




  1. I like writing by the seat of my pants. It’s exciting. The characters are all new and the things they do are sometimes surprising. BUT … when I do that, I barely have a passable novel when I’m done. The ms needs massive rewriting and major help, because my vision of the story changes so much from the first page to the last. (I have one ms right now that I wrote like that, and revising it is downright painful. I have high hopes for it when it’s done, but I wouldn’t let my best friend read it in the state it’s in now.)

    When I do outline, I can see the end from the beginning, and everything I do (even if it is a side tangent/plot) comes out more cohesively. I know there are tons of writing programs out there where you’re supposed to be able to plan out your novel, but I’ve stuck with plain ‘ol pen and paper for mine. I’m discovering it really is worth my time to plan it out from the beginning.

    • Yes! As much as I hate writing an outline, when I do I’m 100% more focused and the writing reflects that. And I prefer paper and pen for the outline, too. I don’t know what it is, but actually writing it out is much more inspiring. 🙂


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