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Author Leigh Bardugo: "The Outline Is My Map."

Author Leigh Bardugo cannot start writing a book without a good outline, what she calls a map or a skeleton. She starts by “lining up all the bones” in a way that gives her beats, milestones of the story from start to finish. From there, she adds scenes, character development, and dialogue, filling out that skeleton with tendons, gristle, muscles, heart … until that story finally gets to walk and talk.

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Leigh Bardugo


Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. The Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and short stories that can be found in multiple anthologies.