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Oct 20

Examples!

So, do real authors actually do this stuff? Do you really need to do all this planning if you’re a good writer?

Yes.

Just like us, depending on the writer, and the type of story, famous authors use all sorts of pre-writing methods. Many stories will go through a number of these pre-writing methods before developing into a full draft.

Some authors start relatively sparsely:


(Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn plan)
























While others end up with rather complex outlines:




(Joseph Heller's plot chart for Catch-22)





And some stories require a bit of creativity to outline effectively:


(Jack Kerouac's outline for what would become The Town and the City)
























One thing is constant--good writing comes in many stages. No one writes a good story on their first try.

(Thanks to flavorwire.com for the images!)

Check out some more hand-written outlines and diagrams from famous authors here and here.



References:
http://flavorwire.com/391173/famous-authors-handwritten-outlines-for-gre...
http://flavorwire.com/261120/charts-and-diagrams-drawn-by-famous-authors/10
http://www.nownovel.com/blog/7-ways-write-plot-outline/
http://www.nownovel.com/blog/write-a-plot-outline-infographic/