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Review: Storytelling For Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel Without A Outline by Annalisa C Parent

When I came across this book, the title piqued my curiosity. When I think of writers and authors that I've chatted over the years with, I never came across anyone who hadn't used some sort of an outline so I was open to a new possibility. I'm not going to lie, I had a little bit of resistance going into the book but objectively took in the information and saw some highlights in the author's perspective but my overall opinion is that I wished it offered more.

Despite my initial reservations, I thought the author had some good info but I sort of wish the book structure was different. It felt more conversational rather than instructive. I know I'm not the only one who will think this but when you see “how to” you are expecting to follow some sort of correlated subject structure chronologically. I get the author didn't want to come across rigid or presenting the book by any rules in supporting her concept of no outline but there were some parts of the book where I  wish she had explored them more rather than other parts that felt like floating thoughts. 

I will say that the best part of the book was the author. Regardless of your opinion on whether an author should or shouldn't, you can really feel the enthusiasm and devotion that she has to wanting to help authors succeed. 

Overall, I felt the book covered some helpful general information that for an author that has been writing a while could find useful. I'm uncertain for someone who is just beginning who might be all over the place if this is the right fit for them because I think they need an outline to get to that place where they can feel comfortable and confident with their writing. I think this would be more resourceful for those who are more experienced with their writing or someone who has a focused idea of where they want to go. There's no right or wrong to the process so for you writers out there, you should give her book a chance because like I said there is some good information in there and if you want the help, the author is willing to support you.

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