When you write, do you have an outline? Do you know where you’re going, or do you wander aimlessly? Maybe you do a little of both.
I don’t use a formal outline that follows each step in detail, but I do use a story arc that pinpoints the beginning, some detours I intend to make along the way, and the end. I allow flexibility, to incorporate new ideas that arise during the writing process.
However, it is possible to allow too much flexibility. In my case, I allowed one of the main characters to take charge. My story went to places that it should have never ventured. As crazy as that sounds, it happens. You start writing and you find that instead of your character following you, you are following your character.
It’s fun and exciting at first, until you find yourself backed into a corner. That’s when you realize…
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