Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel without an Outline

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Writing into the Dark How to Write a Novel without an Outline Author Dean Wesley Smith Viral Book Pen NamesEdward Taft Dee W SchofieldD W Smith Sandy SchofieldKathryn

Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel without an Outline Author Dean Wesley Smith Viral Book Pen NamesEdward Taft Dee W SchofieldD.W Smith Sandy SchofieldKathryn WesleyDean Wesley Smith is the bestselling author of over ninety novels under many names and well over 100 published short stories He has over eight million copies of his books in print and has books published in nine different countries He has written many original novels in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and romance as well as books for television, movies, games, and comics He is also known for writing quality work very quickly and has written a large number of novels as a ghost writer or under house names.With Kristine Kathryn Rusch, he is the coauthor of The Tenth Planet trilogy and The 10th Kingdom The following is a list of novels under the Dean Wesley Smith name, plus a number of pen names that are open knowledge Many ghost and pen name books are not on this list because he is under contractual obligations not to disclose that he wrote them Many of Dean s original novels are also under hidden pen names for marketing reasons.Dean has also written books and comics for all three major comic book companies, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, and has done scripts for Hollywood One movie was actually made.Over his career he has also been an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books.Currently, he is writing thrillers and mystery novels under another name.. With than a hundred published novels and than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith knows how to outline And he knows how to write a novel without an outline In this WMG Writer s Guide, Dean takes you step by step through the process of writing without an outline and explains why not having an outline booWith than a hundred published novels and than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith knows how to outline And he knows how to write a novel without an outline In this WMG Writer s Guide, Dean takes you step by step through the process of writing without an outline and explains why not having an outline boosts your creative voice and keeps you interested in your writing Want to enjoy your writing and entertain yourself Then toss away your outline and Write into the Dark.. The best Books Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel without an Outline This is a short manual for beginning writers, written by a pulp fiction writer and former poker game professional. The least I can say is that it goes against what many other writing manuals profess as an ultimate truth, namely: that fiction writing must be planned in advance, that outlining the plot is essential and so forth (there are all sorts of methods out there on that topic, especially focusing on screenwriting techniques).Dean Wesley Smith takes the opposite view, the “panster” view, as it is often called. His key idea is that outlining a story beforehand is a way to give the “critical voice”, the learned, formulaic, derivative voice the upper hand, and thus screw the “creative voice” that writes from the unconscious (this assumption is barely explained, though, if at all). The author goes even further, advising against any rewriting, once the first draft is done. This means, in a nutshell, that writing a novel should or could be done without safety nets, since using them is nothing but a way to ward off fear, an expression of resistance and a way to sabotage oneself on the part of the writer. The book ends with a couple of interesting hints on “writer’s block”, on looping and cycling around the draft, on outlining a posteriori (instead of a priori), and on accepting to write extra words while experimenting.All this should probably be taken with a pinch of salt, but by and large, his argument certainly is liberating, since it encourages writers to embrace uncertainty, to trust their guts first, in short to write from the inside, instead of adopting any of the formulas that are hard sold everywhere.
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    Pen NamesEdward Taft Dee W SchofieldD.W Smith Sandy SchofieldKathryn WesleyDean Wesley Smith is the bestselling author of over ninety novels under many names and well over 100 published short stories He has over eight million copies of his books in print and has books published in nine different countries He has written many original novels in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and romance as well as books for television, movies, games, and comics He is also known for writing quality work very quickly and has written a large number of novels as a ghost writer or under house names.With Kristine Kathryn Rusch, he is the coauthor of The Tenth Planet trilogy and The 10th Kingdom The following is a list of novels under the Dean Wesley Smith name, plus a number of pen names that are open knowledge Many ghost and pen name books are not on this list because he is under contractual obligations not to disclose that he wrote them Many of Dean s original novels are also under hidden pen names for marketing reasons.Dean has also written books and comics for all three major comic book companies, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, and has done scripts for Hollywood One movie was actually made.Over his career he has also been an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books.Currently, he is writing thrillers and mystery novels under another name.

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  • This is a short manual for beginning writers, written by a pulp fiction writer and former poker game professional The least I can say is that it goes against what many other writing manuals profess as an ultimate truth, namely that fiction writing must be planned in advance, that outlining the plot is essential and so forth there are all sorts of methods out there on that topic, especially focusing on screenwriting techniques.Dean Wesley Smith takes the opposite view, the panster view, as it is [...]


  • Hey, this is how I writeIt s actually nice to get affirmation that you re doing it right What I ve always called Looping, Dean calls Cycling, but they re both basically the same process I ve tried multiple times to outline large complicated novels only to find I can t complete them Same goes for short stories The moment I plan too much, the playful part of my brain gets bored and wants to give up on the work It s nice to see a process explained that takes advantage of the playful part of the bra [...]


  • A few good ideas, nothing bad It s really like a few long blog posts than a book though The biggest problem with this book, as with a lot of Smith s otherwise excellent writing advice, is that he uses nonstandard terminology You have to read carefully to understand what he s really saying For example, he recommends no rewriting and revising However if you read between the lines he describes his own rewriting and revision process What he s really recommending is rewriting and revising as you go [...]


  • If you re a newbie writer, be careful with this one The author gives a lot of advice on his process, but he delivers it as though it s a must, despite saying there s no wrong way He had some interesting things to say about discovery seat of the pants writing, though what I don t like is that he tells you to revise as you go, but that s just not possible for a lot of writers, myself include I hate doing it since it bogs me way down and I lose momentum Also, I enjoy rewriting.This may be overly cr [...]


  • This is a great book for us pantsers It s okay to not outline, to edit as you write, and write out of sequence I smiled as I read this book and it validated my process There s a method to the madness.


  • Short but effective and valuableThere aren t a lot of books about writing quickly without an outline, so this is a really handy albeit quick overview of the process according to one guy who s produced a lot of novels with it A LOT OF NOVELS LIKE DOZENS His approach is unique, so it might not work for everyone, but I m glad he explains it, since it contains many odd, counterintuitive elements I would never have considered on my own, such as cycling through the manuscript while writing, outlining [...]


  • Writing into The Dark Author Dean Wesley Smith Is a real insightful read into how the critical mind affect the creative and how that in turn can affect writers when they are writing with or without a plan I think it s also a great reminder to just let that creative voice win sometimes And never to stop trying out new ways of writing


  • Another set of ideas that hit all the right notes with me I will ponder and proceed Would definitely recommend for those interested in writing without outlining first, or for those like me that just can t make outlining work Ever.


  • This writing approach is very different With the idea of typing into the dark with no plan or outline, this might be challenging to some writers and very daunting Mr Smith explains that using the creative voice in our heads, we can be better story tellers The critical voice tends to outline books the creative side just goes with the flow of the story in our heads.Mr Smith explains why this is a better way to write although he does profess that there is no right way to work through a manuscript T [...]


  • An excellent guide to discovery writing and cycling I highly recommend it for the quality of the information Even so since so few books discuss writing without plotting.


  • I do believe this short book has stopped me going mad I do not say this lightly I also think it is written for people whose brains work in a certain way, those who think in pictures rather than words, like mine If you can t think in pictures, or concepts, then you might think this book is some form of alchemy, but if you get it, you get it.It is a quick, easy read that makes sense There are a few repetitions in it, but I ll excuse them because I related so well to the contents If you are a pants [...]


  • A nice quick read that explains how DWS writes what he calls into the dark without a plan and why He argues that he as a writer and readers are bored with books that follow a plan because they are predictable And I have to agree I always prefer ends that I can t see coming As for how pick a character and a setting and start writing what do they see, what are they thinking and so on He also includes advice including how to Get started again when you get stuck Go back and incorporate elements that [...]


  • While I think Smith probably overstates the case of never outline and never rewrite, this book could be a tremendous help to those who have trouble finishing or starting their work When reading this book, it s important to remember that he is an extremely accomplished author with over 30 years of experience His creative mind has been very well trained in crafting stories that work I would never debate that the process he describes works well for him, and it is definitely a method worth trying fo [...]


  • Short but great information Smith made me realize I had thoroughly internalized the belief that I had to keep moving forward when writing a draft His section on cycling showed me a different way and basically gave me permission to do what I had been doing, but now I ll do it and better because I m not feeling guilty about it That tip alone made the book worth the price, and there were additional tips beyond that one.


  • A Writing Book for the Rest of UsEvery bit of advice I ve seen on writing advocates outlining It s never worked for me My stories emerge as I immerse myself in them Finally, advice that focuses on writing without a roadmap Half of this book is about giving yourself permission to do this The other half is advice to engage your creative side and improve your result It s pricey for the length, but well worth it.


  • Great ideasI have always written into the dark , it is the only way I can without getting bored Dean has some amazing insights that I had never thought of until reading this book The book was loaned to me by a writer friend who knew I would find the ideas useful If you are a writer, or want to start writing, then this is a great book to start with.


  • Maybe one of the reasons I liked this book so much is that it confirmed the writing style I gravitate towards naturally, especially the discussion of cycling as a way to edit while you go and build up momentum.


  • I m a firm believer that what works is what works when it comes to writing There is no right way, there are simply tools, and some tools work better for some than for others The podcast writing excuses and Brandon Sanderson s lectures are what drilled this belief into me, most likely So while I have nothing against discovery writing or pantsing, I take issue with the way this book presents this style of writing and fails to address the strengths AND weaknesses inherent to it.Smith makes some hal [...]


  • I think this is a terrible book I don t like judging books as goods , but 5 for a book that I read in like 2 hours is frankly outrageous I kept reading it hoping to find the Ha That s the catch moment and when I got to 80% on my Kindle the book finished and the rest 20% is basically advertising for another book of the author.Apart from that, this is one of those books with a couple of ideas that you can express in three pages, but the author writes and rewrites and rephrases them over and over a [...]


  • Excellent book for new and struggling writers.Plotters v PantsersThe writing world is divided between them.Plotters Plot before they write Pantsers just write.There are hundreds, thousands of books on plotting outlining the different ways to outline, beat sheets, three act, seven act method, character sketches ad infinitum Many writers will agree, even argue that this is the only way or the true way to write They consider themselves Plotters.On the other side are the Pantsers Writers who write b [...]


  • I only picked this up because Dean Wesley Smith s wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is one of the smartest cookies around I ve found her advice to aspiring writers to be thoughtful and well reasoned I m afraid Writing into the Dark did nothing for me, and at 5.99, it felt like a ripoff, for what is essentially a long blog post plus a pitch to purchase another book While this might be helpful to beginner writers who are struggling to birth that first novel, virtually nothing is useful to a seasoned [...]


  • Todo escritor afronta la eterna duda de planificar sus historias o escribirlas a ciegas Hay muchos libros sobre planificaci n pero muy pocos, por no decir ninguno, sobre c mo escribirlas a ciegas y este libro de Dean Wesley Smith viene a llenar ese hueco Ojo, no hay que tomar nada de lo que escribe Dean aqu como una verdad absoluta como tampoco hay que hacerlo con los libros sobre planificaci n , pero s es la historia de c mo lo hace l y de ah se pueden aprender muchas cosas que incorporar a tu [...]


  • Awesome perspective on pantsing effectivelyI ve read a boat load of books on writing, most of which covered various methods of writing to an outline I ve always wondered if pantsing could be done productively, and this book does a great job showing just how it can be done I found it practical, and inspiring And a nice fresh take on getting from the beginning to The End Highly recommended.


  • Suggested by another writerMichael LA Ronn talks about writing into the dark and Dean Wesley Smith This is really a no brained if you think about what the title means Defeat your inner critic, believe in your writing, and write what you would want to read But, sometimes the best lessons are the easiest learned.


  • No est nada mal, y de hecho se hace bastante corto Explica una forma de escribir sin tener un argumento completo y muchas cosas de las que cuenta son perfectamente v lidas para cualquier otro tipo de escritura.


  • Short but confidence boostingVery short for 6AU but nevertheless a good confidence boost I wrote one novel into the dark back in the day and it was tremendous fun I feel like I ve matured enough as a writer that I m probably ready to give this another go.


  • Excellent marriage of the organic and outlining methods that create a third way for those struggling with the creative and critical voices For young writers, this would be a good place to start dealing with writing and story structure Rating 4 out of 5 Stars.


  • After reading a sample of Writing into the Dark and then reading the helpful reviews of others, I immediately bought this book I ve had so much frustration listening to the professionals on how to write a novel that I lost hope and abandoned my first novel many years ago.I recently finished the first draft of said novel, trying to combine my own simple three scene outlines with pantsing my way through until the end This helped me get a sense of how to finish the novel while not being too restric [...]


  • He Speaks My Language Excellent.A friend, who s somewhat of a writing mentor, sent me this ebook for her birthday She seemed to think I might be opposed to the idea of Writing into the Dark, but I absolutely loved just about everything I read What is Writing into the Dark Simply put, it s writing without an outline and allowing your creative voice to write the story without your critical voice interfering The twist here is to cycle through as you go fixing what needs to be fixed as soon as you r [...]


  • I don t normally do this, but I feel I must There is a very dangerous book out there, and I am positive that beginning writers should steer clear.I realized not long ago that there were very few blog reviewers that covered writing books I read a lot of writing books and I put many theories that I read into practice I am a plotter The detail of my outlines is reflected in the complexity of my books I am currently writing three series So depending upon the book depends upon the outline.The book I [...]


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