The Value of an Outline

A few weeks ago I shored up the outline for my latest novel.  This is my second novel and the first one I’m writing using an explicit outline.  It’s an old, vetted concept that I just recently adopted, and I’ve found that writing with an outline is much better than writing without one.

Writing tends to be the easier part.  I say that not in arrogant confidence but in realistic accuracy.   I know most of my English grammar rules, I’m good with punctuation, I’m good at spelling, and I can creatively describe people, places, and things.  Once I start, the words just seem to keep flowing.

Creating something from nothing is the hard part. Continue reading