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I am thinking of writing either a sci-fi book or a fanatsy book.  I have a few ideas, but the question I have is:
Should I just write the story or should I kind of have a plot outline before I actually write the book or story?

I seem able to write a chapter or two but then don't know where to go from there.  I am not sure if I should have a whole bunch of "outside stuff" writen to build a framework to work the story within....
Thanks for your help.

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Hello Andrew,

I cannot tell you what you should do. I can only tell you what works for me.

Outlines work for some people but not for me.  I just write the story and while I am being creative, I do not edit, censor, correct, or any any way disrupt the creative flow. I allow characters to come as they are needed and allow them to help write the story. They tell me who they are and what part they will play.  Often I do not know what will happen until it happens, giving me as much excitement in writing as my readers get in reading. I never know how the story will progress or end before I am writing it.

It is only after I have the complete, very rough draft of the entire story that I go back to rewrite. I do as many of these as necessary to edit, correct, add and delete, structure and polish until I am happy with the end result. This was especially true in my second book. The plot unfolded as I was creating.

One of the reasons you may not be able to get beyond two chapters is that you stop to do the editing work as you write, constantly disrupting the creative flow.
I hope I have helped a little.
Merry Christmas,
Dorothy  

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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