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??