How Should You Structure Your Writing?
Recently, I was working with two different writers on their projects. We worked a lot on how to structure their writing, and talked about what the different structures are that you can use–whether to outline or not.
Structure is important.
We need to have structure to our writing and something to hang our writing hat on. Otherwise, we get lost, even when we’re the writers.
But how do you do structure writing?
This is a problem that many writers have.
Let me tell you something, some people are not outliners but pantsers. What does that mean? It means they write and write and write, and then later they go back and add structure to what it is they’ve written.
Personally, I like to write several drafts, and then return later to impose some kind of structure on the writing.
To some people that is terrifying. These people are outliners. They like to have a structure in place beforehand and plug their writing into place. The two writers I was working with wanted some kind of structure. They came to me with ideas, and we created a structure together so they could do their writing.
The important lesson is know what your style is.
Are you a person who needs structure? Then by all means, create that structure for yourself and work with that.
Are you a person who likes to write first to get all your ideas out, and then impose structure later on? By all means, I’m giving you permission right now to be that writer.
You don’t have to be something that you’re not. You should enforce your creativity into one box or another, because that will not help your creativity flow naturally.
There are different kinds of structures out there. It’s fine to be that writer that you are. And if you need help with structure, you can always call on me.