I have always been a pantster with my writing. I liken it to taking a trip and knowing where I am starting and where I am going, but leaving the journey in the middle unplanned so I can take whatever route I want.
Then I started working full time again, and while I was still getting places in my writing, it was taking much longer and there were more rewrites before things could go out to beta readers as I didn't have the same flow.
Needing a new approach, I tried a few things, until I found one that seems to be working quite well for me. I wrote chapter outlines. They are not very detailed, just a few sentences of things that need to happen in the chapter and some suggestions for dialogue or character development things.
So far, I have found I don't have to spend so much time thinking about where I am going as I have my road map. I just have to start the scene and keep in the guidelines I have jotted down. Does this mean my road map is set in stone? Absolutely not. I already made changes to one chapter that were not in my outline, but did go back and add in a character development I had forgotten I wanted and needed.
Have you found any tips for writing smarter and not harder? Share below. And be sure to come back on Thursday for the results of the poll and a book review story I think you'll enjoy.