The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, May 27, 2011, at 12:13 PM
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  • This is all starting to come together for me. I've learned for in the past couple of months with this blog than from the past 10 yrs of trying to figure it out on my own. One question - If I make a detailed outline, how close to it do I stick when I start writing the book?

    -- Posted by ggilmore on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 7:50 AM
  • I read both Stephen King and Dean Koonz, and although I like their books I'm always aware they tend to ramble on and are usually twice as long as they need to be. True, you can't argue with their success, but maybe their books would be better if they'd outline.

    -- Posted by charliegarrett on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 8:25 AM
  • I use a detailed outline to map where I'm going in my book and also, as I mentioned, to keep from writing myself into a corner. This does, however, allow for some flexibility. Sometimes (fairly often) a surprising turn of events will occur during the writing of a book. In that case, I don't want to be so locked in to the outline that I won't consider making some changes.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 7:21 AM
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