Inside the Outline
Starting a novel is much easier than finishing one. Too often, writers lose interest, forget the story they’re trying to tell, or have trouble finding time to write, especially when careers, family, and other obligations keep them from writing. Creating an outline provides a road map so that when the writer is ready to sit down to write, they can easily pick up where they left off. It also frees them to write non-linear. If the last chapter completed was chapter 10 but they really want to do chapter 18, then they can jump ahead and write that chapter because the outline will show them how to go back and fill in the middle. In this 90 minute workshop, participants will:
- Learn the essential elements for a novel outline.
- Create an outline using index cards (cards will be provided).
- Explore various types of outlines to determine which works best for each writer.
Mickey Dubrow is the author of Always Agnes and American Judas. For over thirty years, he wrote television promos, marketing presentations, and scripts for various clients including Cartoon Network, TNT Latin America, and HGTV. His short stories and essays have appeared in Prime Number Magazine, The Good Men Project, The Signal Mountain Review, Full Grown People, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. His first novel, American Judas, was a Finalist for the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the category of First Novel. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, author Jessica Handler.