Veronica Jarski

editor | writer | illustrator | creativity's fangirl

Handwritten Story Outlines by Famous Authors

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Joseph Heller’s notes for Catch-22 [via]

If you’re a writer, you have inevitably been in an argument at some point, whether with an English professor or fellow classmate, regarding the importance of using an outline (or not) for your work.

Whether an outline is a crutch for one’s imagination, the bumper rails at a bowling alley, or a helpful friend can be debated endlessly, but I thought I’d share a curious, insightful Flavorwrite article about famous writers who did use outlines.

The beauty of the post is the varieties of way an outline can be done. Joseph Heller (of Catch-22 fame) writes in uppercase letters in little boxes, each character with its own section. William Faulkner wrote an outline on his office walls. Gay Talese wrote a colorful, eye-catching outline of his famous essay, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.”

Check out the full article by Flavorwire

 

2 comments on “Handwritten Story Outlines by Famous Authors

  1. Angela
    May 23, 2013

    While my process doesn’t work well with outlines, I still love and am inspired by seeing the ways in which others conceptualize their art and the ways they work to get it out of their head and onto the page. Thank you for sharing! :)

    • Veronica Maria Jarski
      May 23, 2013

      I, too, love peeks into the creative process.

      One of the reasons I liked the article so much was that it did show a variety of taking notes. Some look very outline-y, the others are scribbles. Whatever works for the writer, right? Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

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