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.