@Dawn NO! You are NOT a horrible writer at all :O seriously, your story idea is epic (I’m going to respond to it more in depth tomorrow since it’s getting late >.>) In fact, in many of his writing books, best-selling author James Scott Bell tells you that there are two types of writers-OP (outline people) and NOP (non-outline people). He provides tips for both OPs *and* NOPs, which has increased my respect for him and the art.
I strongly dislike the books that tell you that you HAVE to outline, because many best-selling authors don’t outline, and many do.
Some like to let their story grow on their own. Some people need to have a solid story in their mind. There are downsides and upsides to both styles of planning, but I don’t have time to get into that now, lol 😛
I’ve learned everything I know about writing from JSB. I strongly recommend (in order of awesomeness) 1) Plot and Structure 2)The Art of War for Writers 3)Writing Fiction For All You’re Worth. I haven’t read the others ones yet >.> I’ve also read Writing YA Fiction for Dummies and Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, but I still LOVE James Scott bell’s stuff the most XD He tells you everything from planning, writing effective scenes,dialogues, etc., character development, and the publishing industry 🙂