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When I first started writing I wrote with a basic outline in my head and the words just poured out and the story took shape ( and sometimes took me by surprise ). Then I took a class that promoted a more disciplined approach. They suggested 3x5 cards to plan each chapter and then each scene. I am a pretty organized person and this seemed like it was tailor made for me but as I tried to implement it, the system just didn't work for me. I am very new to writing fiction and my degree is not in creative writing so I sometimes feel insecure and feel that I must adapt my writing technique to approved methods. The 3x5 fiasco taught me that you have to find what works best for you.

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