This is fresh on my mind because this past Saturday, one teacher said, "I just want kids to learn how to outline so that they can write well." A part of me started guiltily at the fact that *I* don't outline my work. Perhaps, my writing would improve if I did outline what I was going to be writing more. But, perhaps not.
For me, the process of writing a novel is a matter of finding the story, chipping away. I'm not an outliner. The one time I actually tried outlining a novel, by the time the outline was done, I was so bored with the story. So now I write to discover what I'm trying to say. An instructor of mine, Judith Beth Cohen, once said this, that she didn't write because she had answers but because she had questions.In the quote above, this blogger is sharing that she gets bored with a story by the time the outline is done. Like her, I write to discover what I'm trying to say. Maybe we had to do this before when we didn't have word processors, when everything had to be planned out in advance so as to maximize one's time. Now, I'd rather leap out into the unknown and see what catches me...maybe the landing will be easy, maybe not...but I'll write about it, either way.
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