Tag Archives: novel writing


To Outline or Not to Outline

Almost as old as time itself is the question:
Should I outline my novel or just wing it?
Jon and Juliet suggest that the answer to this ancient mystery is: Yes!

Jon discusses his experience trying an outlining system described in Libby Hawker’s Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. Amazon link.

Jon talks what worked, what didn’t, and where he is now. Juliet offers the editorial perspective having seen both authors who were heavy outliners and others who wrote by the seat of their pants.


Dialogue Follow-Up

Listener Christian recently commented on our Dialogue Show. In an interview, Harlan Ellison said that he watched Judge Judy to get hear how real people speak. We talk about this, reality tv, how that impacts writing, and our own speaking and listening styles… in our giant Dialogue Follow-Up show.

Jon mentioned and recommends John Green’s Paper Towns in this show.

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q. (Amazon Link)

He also mentioned and recommends the unedited version of the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett.