My last post prompted the To Outline or Not to Outline debate again. You can see it over at Lee Goldberg's blog.
Yes, I did make a mistake in my manuscript as I said below. But, for me, outlining wouldn’t have prevented this. BTW it’s all fixed and it wasn’t as big a deal as I thought it would be. It never is, is it?
I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it here again. If I had to outline a book I’d be so depressed I’d never write it. I can’t imagine that it would be interesting to do. I’d know far too much.
And this particular book couldn’t have been outlined even if I’d wanted to do that. I think I explained way back how I approached this one. I picked titles of movies out of a box. This gave me a jump start for each chapter and I established characters that way. Also story. I stopped doing this about chapter nine or ten. I know it sounds crazy but it worked for me and that’s the point. Outlining obviously works for some people and not for others. So why should there be a debate about it?
Should I say that the only way to write a novel is to pick titles or sayings out of a box? I don’t think so. But it’s one way. I never did this before and most likely will never do it again.
Now, can we give the outline thing a rest?