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February 02, 2011

The Importance of Outlining

I would rather literally paint myself into a corner than write without an outline. That paint on your clothes will come out, and if it doesn't , they were just some old clothes anyway.

When you write without an outline, you wish you could throw everything out like an old pair of clothes, but there will inevitably be things worth keeping, as if you had to get out of that corner and salvage specific brush strokes or sections of the walls, under the very real risk of getting stuck in another corner somewhere else, in some other room.

Someone once defined madness as the act of repeating the same thing over and over again even after getting the same result, expecting a different one each time. That's how I used to feel writing without an outline. It's like painting without even knowing where the walls are and then wondering why you're in some corner of the story, clueless as to the role that corner plays in the greater narrative.

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