Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature

This. I thought outlines had to be clear, concise, and to the point. I guess I was wrong. My outlines do not seem to be as crazy and hectic after seeing all of these greats outlines. I loved Faulkner’s outline for A Fable. The idea of putting it on his office walls. So much room. Open space for changes. I love it.


Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and having revelations. So it’s no surprise that many authors plan out their works beforehand, in chart or list or scribble form, in order to keep everything straight. After the jump, you’ll find a mini collection of those planning papers, so you can take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter to J.K. Rowling.

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