One of the big questions authors have is should I outline my book or not?
My thought: Yes and No. That's pretty confusing. And yes, I'm confused. I never outlined my first three books (none of them released as yet--hopefully the first will be this fall). And maybe it shows. Or maybe not.
I have outlined book 4. So far I feel more comfortable with how the book is developing.
The value of outlining--I now think--is that it makes the writing process easier. But not as interesting! Since I already know the path I am taking.
So what is Rule # 4?
Rule 4 is to outline--but not too much. In my mind outlining in too much detail takes the mystery out of the mystery.
I would love your thoughts on this crazy and bothersome topic.
In the meantime, all the best as you write!
A writer once said the way to write a book is to write one page a day. And at the end of 250 days you will have written a short novel. Isn't that the way life is: One day at a time. The trick is to write in the same way: One page at a time.
So Rule #3: Write a page every day whether you feel like it or not...And to hell with writer's block. And you will have that novel that you always said you would write at the end of it all.
And keep it a secret! Nobody will ever believe you did it one page at a time! After all, how long could that take?
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