Confessions of an Outline Obsessee: I Love My Outline
by CHRISTINA FARLEY on APRIL 12, 2009
Yes, I said it. I love my outline. When I first started writing, I made notes or jotted down ideas but mainly just wrote whatever crossed my mind or whatever my characters told me to do. And that all worked just fine Until…
So imagine me dragging myself out of bed at God knows what time in the morning to write. I’m groggily typing away at my computer, la de da, la de da and then SCREACH! I’m stuck.
Uh oh. What to do? I look at my blank white screen. No ideas. I look at the dark room around me. No ideas. Outside is pitch black too. No help there. Wouldn’t it have been so lovely if I had sat down and planned the whole story?
Yes! And that’s what I did for my latest novel (Actually I have to tell the truth, my instructor for my writing class made me do it. And sure, I threw a fit for a couple of days but now I love her forever). Blueprint in hand, I was armed. I’ve never written a novel so quickly or so easily because I knew exactly where I wanted to go.
I’ve finished my book. Yeah! Celebrate! Happiness! Until, I realize the plot has big problems. The ending is flat, the middle sags with long pointless junk, and my subplots don’t mesh like they should.
So… who do I call? (No, the answer isn’t Ghost Busters)
My Outline! With a quick browse, I can see the full overview of my story. I find my gaps, slash those saggers and whip my subplots into place.
How about you? Outline obsessee too? Don’t hide. Don’t be shy. Outlines are worthy of our love.