Austin-based novelist and educator Brian Yansky has a wonderful blog that I recently discovered. His most recent post from June 4th grabbed me because he explores some of the downsides of working from a rigid outline. Here’s the link:
You should read it for yourself, but I’ll tell you he seems to be in the non-outliner camp. As am I; though, I must admit that I am currently struggling through an outline for the novel I’m working on. I have begun to suspect that my manuscript’s problems may lie, at least in part, in the way that I created it. I’m confident I’ll have more to say on this in later posts. In the meantime, I want to put the question out there for discussion:
Are you an outliner or not? Why or why not? Post a comment here and let’s talk about it.