April 20, 2011

Start with an Outline and Other Absurdities

Posted in Outlines, Uncategorized tagged , at 4:07 am by Rebecca Hein

In music, to plan a phrase is to kill it. Even in a string quartet or orchestra, where the group must be unified and therefore all members must know when to play loud or soft, or to accelerate the tempo or not, there’s still room for spontaneity.

Writers are often told to start with an outline. Great advice if you can take it, but your most lively ideas aren’t likely to emerge in logical sequence. Therefore, starting with an outline is most likely to set up a struggle you could avoid if you wrote your first few drafts without expecting more than a collage of ideas.