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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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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