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Writing into the Dark

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 ho 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 techniuesDean 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 experimentingAll 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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W 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 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 brain channels that playfulness into useful sets of tools and then gives you permission to write in a way that doesn t feel dreadfulUnderstand this isn t a long book with some complicated process but it s worth every penny for the freedom it givesI tell myself to always trust the process Knowing someone as prolific as Dean faces the same process challenges and has learned to embrace them as features and not see them as roadblocks really gives me the encouragement to keep doing what I m doing detailed outlines and 11 redrafts are out the doorNow I m going to go have some fun and write a new story


10 thoughts on “Writing into the Dark

  1. says:

    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 pantsi

  2. says:

    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 writ

  3. says:

    I've actually read this short book on the art of writing a novel without relying on outlines or other machinations three times now That as much as anything tells me it's a book I value and that the advice inside – unlik

  4. says:

    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 C

  5. says:

    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 authorApart from that this is one of those books with a couple of ideas that you can express in three pages but t

  6. says:

    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 re

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 discoveryseat of the pants writing though what I don't like is that he tells you to revise as you go but that's

  9. says:

    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 599 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

  10. says:

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

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