A Writer’s Trap

Do you want to hear something funny? 

I have been writing a lot lately and the
words were just flowing out of my mind onto paper.  I got to the point
where I figured I should finally create an outline so I worked on it
over the weekend.  I outlined almost an entire book except for a few things
at the end.  When I started writing again yesterday I thought I would
write even faster with a guide in place but I found it more difficult. 
Today I looked at what I wrote yesterday and it is terrible.  I sat in
the hot tub after work and read a bit of
"Writing down the bones", a book Aimee got me for Christmas that I had
never gotten around to reading.  Anyway, the author talks about writing
spontaneously and freely.  I realized that the outline I created is a
cage rather than a guide.  I am no longer free to write what I want. 
Now I have to follow the outline I created.  My thoughts are always
changing so what I may have felt when I wrote the outline is not what I
feel now.  I created a trap for myself.

I am not completely sure of what to do.  I think I will just take my outline, print it, delete it, and then file it away for days when I have writer’s block. 

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