Mulan (1998): The Movie Structure Archives
- Genre: Disney/Adventure/Coming of Age
- Writer(s): Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer
- Director(s): Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook
by Lewis / / Other
It’s an instinct, right? Some fickle, creative muse we all have inside us. Or perhaps it is a skill reserved for a fortunate few, inaccessible to those who aren’t so lucky. Either way, it seems like writing is something you just have to sit and wait for, hoping it blesses you with it’s gifts
To some degree you aren’t wrong—yes, we all have a muse inside us, and yes, it can be hard to find. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to teach it a few tricks!
This question seems to have tormented writing forums since the internet was born, constantly occupying moderators whose duty it is to pacify the divided crowd. They make a post about how neither camp is in the wrong before promptly closing the thread—and they’re not wrong!
However, this whole argument misses a key point. Why choose one or the other, when there are benefits to being both a Plotter and a Pantser?
by Lewis / / Inspiration
We’re fascinated by these struggles, from beginning puberty to entering adulthood, or the midlife crisis that has been the boon of comedy for ages. In such stories, our comedic hero looks in the mirror one morning and realizes his hair has gone grey, before going on a wild jaunt as he tries to reclaim his youth.
Writers aren’t that different from our protagonist above, except where he sees his softening belly and grey stubble as the cause for panic, a new writer sees the blank page, its cursor blink blinking in disapproval at them.
by Lewis / / Outlining
Yet, in my personal experience, nothing is more comforting than having a solid outline to guide you as you write your novel.
Unfortunately, many people remember outlines as the rigid bullet point lists from their school days. In reality though, outlines are simply a road map for your story—and they’re just as useful for Pantsers as they are for Plotters! That’s because your outline should mesh with your individual style of writing, becoming as in-depth or as sparse as you need.