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Do you outline your stories before you start? Or do you write and let your characters guide you? I tend to fall somewhere in between. With Blind Sight, it is obvious that we must outline, since we are two authors working on two books that are meant to overlap. We need to be deliberate with our choices and events. We can’t just go both our own ways and hope they somehow work.

In my personal projects, I write a little and then outline, write a little and then outline. Once I hit about half way, the rest of the story is usually lined out for the basic events. I normally just note it down in the same word doc that I’m working off. For Blind Sight, we have a Google document we share like an excel spreadsheet.

I found a really cool article showing lots of different handwritten outlines of authors. I kind of wish Eliabeth and I had written out Blind Sight outlines because there’s something romantic about pen and paper outlines. What do you think?

– Ermisenda Alvarez

J.K. Rowling’s spreadsheet plan for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling’s spreadsheet plan for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Sylvia Plath’s outline for The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath’s outline for The Bell Jar

William Faulkner’s outline for A Fable — written on his office walls

William Faulkner’s outline for A Fable — written on his office walls

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