Q&A with A.C. Crispin - #3


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Re: Q&A with A.C. Crispin - #3

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:02 am

fansmom wrote:I heard an author today quote Robert Frost when she was asked if she outlined her novels in advance: “No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

She went on to say, though, that she'd written a piece for an anthology that required an outline, and that, after preparing the outline, the actual writing was the easiest she'd ever done--but she still prefers not to outline. :eyebrow:

I remember being taught to outline everything when I was in school. I think we even had to turn in the outline to be graded. I can see how it could hamper the element of surprise but I would think it would be helpful for continuity's sake, especiall if it is a tangled plot with many characters.
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