Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What makes a book tick?

Do you start with an idea that grows in your head or something on paper?  I have heard that some authors begin writing from an outline while others say that an outline is worthless. Some say that they begin with an outline and then throw it away after chapter one or two. I like to plan the story in my head and then let the characters tell it. How about you?


  1. I usually make an outline so I have a general idea of where I want the story to go, but once I get writing often times the characters will take over and the story becomes loosely based on the original outline.

  2. I do, too, and like you I write from the heart and not the outline.