3 Things I Learned From Libbie Hawker’s “Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books For Faster, Better Writing”

  1.  Successful stories that stay in readers’ minds have a character that wants something but an internal or external factor prevents the character from getting it, forcing him/her to struggle throughout the book. The character either succeeds or fails in getting what he wants at the very end.
  2. All successful stories begin with the main character’s big internal flaw in the first scene or chapter. This sets the hook and the readers become invested in the character’s journey.
  3. As a writer, knowing your main character’s flaw helps you plot your book because the events in the story “must provide a logical framework for your character’s arc.”

Libbie Hawker’s book helped me realize that writing a plot outline takes more than just focusing on the events of your story. You also have to seriously consider the character’s emotional journey. For all the writers out there, what have you learned about plot?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby