S11E8 – Plan: Basics of Planning a Story from Start to Finish

There are all kinds of four-letter words people consider to be bad. In writing, those four-letter words aren’t the traditional ones most people think about when they hear the phrase. The four-letter words of writing are the difficult topics to consider, write about, or simply just to do. None of the words are bad, but can be frightening for new authors or authors unfamiliar with certain topics. They are all something that needs to be addressed, at least, and decisions made on how to use them to the author’s advantage. Through June, this podcast will be breaking down those difficult words, such as edit, time, LGBT, and best.

Planning a story is a daunting task, especially for pantsers (or discovery writers). Even if there’s no official outline, there is a lot to be gained from thinking about how the story arc will flow. In this episode, Ley and Leigh put their heads together to plan a hypothetical story as an example of how simply it can be done. However, no author should feel bound to the plan created at the beginning. The hosts also discuss how to plan an use an outline to make the best story possible.

First aired June 25, 2020.

About the Author
Ley is an editor and author of action/suspense novels.

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