Create That Outline!

Create That Outline!

I write my novels under the pseudonym of Lenoir, and therefore, many people know me by the name. I have to start by thanking all my fans because they have been a great inspiration to me. Before I get emotional about my fans, let me go straight to the reason for writing this article – the need for creating an outline for all of my stories. I have realized just how much creating outlines has made me one of the most successful writers of the 21st century.

Years ago, I would start a story and get stuck in the middle of the plot. Sometimes, I mixed ideas and could confuse the whole story. In fact, I was almost giving up. Fortunately, I attended a two-days training on how to write a novel. I realized that I needed to create an outline for every story before going into the actual writing. Since then, I have never been stuck again.

Why I create outlines

Without much ado, I would go straight into discussing how an outline is important to me.

Provides me with a road map


Provides me with a structure

An outline offers me helpful structure and guidance. This does not mean that I can’t stay creative and explore more ideas while I am writing.

As I said before, an outline is simply a map that shows me the route to my destination. Any destination always has many routes, and therefore, this roadmap is not the only route I stick to throughout the writing process. In other words, I allow myself to bring in fresh ideas and thoughts as they come.

Saves me time

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When I have drafted a sketch of the plot and characters, it becomes very easy to figure them out. In short figuring out plot and characters from the outline require less time as compared to doing the same from a draft.

My best tips to creating an outline

Crafting my premise

I usually begin my outline by identifying the protagonist, his/her objectives and what exactly the hero wants to achieve. I also identify the situation; the personal conditions of the hero, and how that condition will change for either better or for worse. Here is where I mention who is going to change the situation. Furthermore, I identify the opponent, the disaster, and what effect it will have on the hero.

Sketching scene ideas

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I must sketch ideas for my story after identifying a tight premise. I make a full list of all the things I already know about my story. It’s good to list all the possible scenes here, and how they are going to play out in my story.

Eliminate obvious ideas

In my list of ideas and scenes, I usually ask myself if my audience will be expecting them. If the answer is yes, then I scrap them off from the list. I then come up with other alternative ideas that my audience won’t expect.

Writing Romance

Writing Romance

Writing romance has been very popular since man discovered writing. I write novels on a range of topics, but my romance novels are the favorite of my readers. Branching on my name, they call me Lenoir, and presently, my romance novels are selling in large numbers.

I strongly believe in sharing my knowledge with other people who are interested and might find it helpful. After all, I am who I am in the field of romance writing because other great people shared their knowledge with me.That said, I am going to share the biggest mistakes I do avoid, and the best tips I usually use when writing my romance stories. Let me start with the former.

Bad sex scenes

One of the biggest mistakes I do avoid is writing any bad sex scenes. Because both sex and sexuality are usually very personal things, it is almost impossible to write a sex scene that every reader will actually find erotic, you know, it is not like everyone would love to hear how a man used a foot massager on his wife. In fact, anything I find sexy is not only cultural but is also personal. I have realized that many people will underrate, or fail to enjoy bad sex writing. And I have to write bad sex, I must be my own story.

Overusing common romance plot tropes

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In fiction, a ‘trope’ refers to a recurrent or an important theme. And a trope can also become a cliché if it has been used in many romance writings. In most case, such romance tropes will appear untrue to the readers. I am happy that I have familiarized myself with all romance tropes that have become clichés. By avoiding them in my novels, my readers get what they didn’t expect, which is a good thing.

Overused character descriptions

When writing my romance novels, I don’t dip into romantic clichés especially when it comes to character description. I always make sure that I don’t use dead metaphors to describe the appearance of either love or of my characters.

Romance Writing tips

Even though the list of tips that guide me in writing my novels is very long, here are the best ones I use when writing romance.

Understanding romance genre

For me to write catchy romance novels, I have to read widely about the romance genre. In this way, I can be able to know as many romantic clichés as possible. This allows me to know what to include and what not to include in my character and love descriptions. Furthermore, reading widely helps me understand what types of stories, styles and characters that have become common.

Choosing best ideas, themes and characters for good plot development


Relating personalities and relationships

There should be uncertainty and confusion in the early stages of a relationship.In the plot development, I usually show how personal histories and personalities of characters affect their love lives. In other words, the connection should be earned even if it comes naturally.