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Fully Booked

The Hidden Gems Author Podcast

Episode 125 – Unveiling the Secrets of Discovery Writing

Hosted by: Craig Tuch and Roland Hulme with special guest Kimboo York

In this episode of Fully Booked, we dive into the fascinating world of discovery writing, featuring returning guest KimBoo York. KimBoo, an accomplished author, librarian, technology historian, and former IT project manager, brings a unique perspective to the art of “pantsing” — writing without an extensive outline. In fact, she’s written a book on the subject: “By the Seat of Your Pants: Secrets of Discovery Writing.” Today, KimBoo takes us through the contrasts and overlaps between plotting and discovery writing, highlighting the freedom and creativity that come with embracing a more spontaneous approach to storytelling.

There are a variety of techniques and mindset shifts necessary for successful discovery writing, such as relying more heavily on intuition or embracing the concept of reverse outlining, but KimBoo provides some intriguing exercises that can help writers develop these and other discovery writing skills. So whether you’re a seasoned plotter looking to incorporate more spontaneity into your process or just curious about the world of pantsing and discovery writing in general, this episode offers valuable insights and practical advice to enhance your writing journey.

KimBoo York

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