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Outlines

Ugh! Even saying the word ‘outline’ gives me the heebee jeebees! I am trying desperately to learn if they are something worth doing. I can tell you, I always felt they stifled my creativity. In fact, throughout high school (Go Red Raiders!) I never once made an outline to use to write my papers. If I had to turn one in, I would write my paper first and create an outline based on the paper. I wasn’t going to follow a rule that made no sense to me. That was not my style.
Fast forward ahem…some years and I am working on a short story. I feel like my characters are getting lost in the story, and I didn’t know what I should do. My husband recommended that I create an outline so that I can see what needs to take place well before I am in the midst of the story. Once I was done rolling my eyes (History Majors! Sheesh!) I dropped the idea and continued to struggle along for a bit longer. Once everyone was in bed, I decided to try and write a stupid outline; all the while knowing that it would accomplish nothing.  Wow!! I was wrong. Once I began to write my outline, I was amazed at his quickly I was able to get my entire story like out on paper. I know where I am going now with this story,and I can’t wait to get it done.
This being said, I would like to tell Matthew Redfearn that he was r-r-rr-rright and I was wr-wro-wrong!! This one time ONLY I will agree!! 🙂 Uh oh…somebody will need to keep the hubby away from this one. He doesn’t need to see that I thought he was right!

Have you written anything today? If not, why not??

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Happily married, aspiring writer that thinks sometimes the destination is worth the journey. Sometimes the journey is worth the destination. Then again, sometimes the journey is just HARD and the destination isn't worth the time it took to get there. Sometimes the journey is EASY and the destination STILL isn't worth it! The only constant is that there is always a journey and always a destination. I would LOVE for you to follow me on my journey and together we can find the destination. So, come on, we have to keep on keeping on!

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