I read a tweet the other day in which the tweeter asked if anyone else created their outline only after they had written their work. I wondered how many people actually do this. For me that is only a problem. I like knowing where my book is going. It keeps me more focused.
I tend to spend more time actually writing than worrying about what to write and if it will work when I have an outline. Of course, my outline is fluid. It is a mere path by which I tend to stray from occasionally. And for me that is alright.
However, the more I have pondered this topic over the last several days. I have begun to wonder if I could write a novel without creating an outline first. As I've said in an earlier post I use note cards for my outline. I think if I write a novel without an outline, I may have to create it as I go. I like to go back and forth between negative/positively charged scenes. I don't know any other way to keep it all together and organized. Without the organization I fear I will fail miserably. Although, maybe it will be my best story ever.
What are your thoughts on outlining?