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Today, I want to talk to you about not holding back. I know, it sounds so cliche, but so many writers try to hold back.

Don’t do that.

As you write, you may experience that your characters want to take a whole different life form than you intended. You have your outline, and you have all of your characters in mind. Then, all of a sudden, your character is not what you envisioned. At all.

I’ve been there, too.

I don’t do outlines anymore. I can’t stand outlines. I see an outline, and I see a creativity suck. I know you’re not strictly bound to that outline, but for me, that’s what it is. I’ve always had a thing as to where I had to stick to a plan if it’s laid out in front of me. With writing, nothing usually goes to plan.

For most writers, there is some sort of an outline. Most writers can do an outline and not feel like they have to stick to it. Not me.

With my NaNoWriMo project, I had a plan in my head. It was the perfect plan. I had everything figured out. Then, what do you know? It’s nothing like I imagined it would be. The story has a whole different plot. I’m so glad I didn’t try to do an outline.

Whether or not you do use an outline, don’t you dare hold back. If you want to use one, be willing to let it change if your characters decide it’s time for a change. If you’re like me and don’t want to change if you see an outline, don’t use one. It’s simple, really.

Don’t hold back on your character’s full potential. I know I won’t.

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Keep the faith, writers. I believe in you all.