Real Life Vs. Writing Life

Reading Like a Scientist

I’m a huge fan of K.M. Weiland’s craft books. Look around and you may just find her free Scrivener template based upon her outlining techniques.
If you aren’t prepared to write an exhaustive outline don’t bother.

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This morning, I came across an excellent article by K.M. Weiland 7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outlinefor Any Story . While I was studying it, I kept catching myself on switching to my “scientist reading mode”, which has developed through years of my academic career and seems so natural to me that I read nearly everything – even fiction – this way now. I must mention to K.M.Weiland’s favor that her writing is always very logical, well-structured and brilliantly worded.

scientist “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”― Galileo Galilei

Having spent decades of my life doing academic research, supervising post-graduate students and writing university coursebooks, I always tend to look for structure in every piece of text that comes into the range of my vision. First of all, I mark out the keywords  in the title, then my…

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