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Old 10-18-2012, 01:25 AM   #47
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I outline novels. I don't outline (most) short stories.

My outlines emerge out of pages and pages of notes where I brainstorm story ideas and character ideas and situations and anything else that comes to mind. The whole process usually takes 1-2 weeks. The final result doesn't look anything like what an English teacher would call an outline. It's more a series of chapter summaries, describing what happens.

I never completed a novel project I didn't fully outline. I think it's because Middles are my Kryptonite.

I've never written a novel to The End without also adapting/evolving the outline as I went along. No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.

I figure everyone will eventually find their own way to write. Or not. ;-)

-David
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