Plotting Does Not Equal Boredom

I’m a plotter.

For me, that means creating a scene by scene outline and, crucially, a relatively clean first draft.

It does not mean I get bored.

I don’t know where this idea comes from, but I’ve seen it a few times lately, even on blogs offering writing advice.

Plotters do not routinely suffer from boredom just because they plot. Knowing the purpose of a scene isn’t the same as knowing exactly how it will play out. It doesn’t mean there’s no room for organic tangents. Outlines are not set in stone.

So, if you ever see that assertion thrown idly about, remember this: it’s still your story; take it wherever you want.

A story is a journey, and it’s no less exciting for knowing the route.

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