An outline is an often daunting thing for writers. We’re scattered and disorganized, we take a strange amount of pride in our spontaneity and for some reason we treat art like some people view magic–if there is a method to it, if there are explainable things, it becomes science and when you understand it, it loses something.
Let me joyfully and eagerly tell you that this is absolute and utter lies.
Science IS magic, and even if I were to delve into my most hippie-dippie pagan green-witch self, I would still tell you there are methods to spells and prayers.
And that they are still beautiful and wonderful all the same.
Alys started with an outline. A rather detailed one. And I retooled it many times. Does knowing that make it any less enjoyable? I would hope not, that’d be rather silly.
“But Kiri, I’m not a real writer, I can’t do an outline–”
Shhh, little traveler. Shh. You are.
Let’s start right there. You. Are. A. Writer.
Do you write? Do you enjoy writing?
That’s all it takes. I know that’s bewildering and seems like a snake oil, but I promise you friend, it’s true.
So, again, let’s get back to outlines.
Outlines are going to be your map. But the thing to remember is this is a map of your making. And you may find you will have to add to it or correct it along the way. And just because you HAVE a map, does not mean you don’t have the license to wander. In fact, you’ll find you’re more inclined to explore because you HAVE that map. You know where you’ve been, where you’re going or where you’re likely to go.