I usually know where I want to end up when I begin, but I have no idea how I'm going to get there... I don't write with an outline, and surprises happen on the way, and sometimes it changes.
As soon as I finished the first book, I wrote a second, which I hope to sell this year, and I have just about finished the third book in the series. Two more are already outlined. I'm in this for the long haul.
There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.
I don't write a play from beginning to end. I don't write an outline. I write scenes and moments as they occur to me. And I still write on a typewriter. It's not all in ether. It's on pages. I sequence them in a way that tends to make sense. Then I write what's missing, and that's my first draft.
The more work you put in on your outline and getting the skeleton of your story right, the easier the process is later.
I cannot outline. I do not know what the next thing is going to happen in the book until it comes out of my fingers.
Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.
In my stand-up, I generally improvise from an outline.
I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.
Outlining is like putting on training wheels. It gives me the courage to write, but we always go off the outline.
The outline is 95 percent of the book. Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.
I write stuff down. I have a chalkboard in the kitchen where I will scrawl stuff down if I have a faint outline of an idea. And I'll go into my office or whatever. But that goes from format to format.
Characters are incredibly important, but I tend to build them around the plot during the outline stage. However, once I'm writing the manuscript, the characters I'm writing dictate how the plot unfolds.
I'm a regular guy; I like well-defined outlines. I'm old-fashioned, bourgeois.
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.
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