If I keep treating this outline/synopsis/whatever like a creative document, I'm gonna spend the rest of my life trying to make IT perfect and never finish the goddamn book. Invariably, I'll get something figured out in the outline and then when I go to write on the book, things go off in a completely different direction, usually a much better direction than the outline was going. Then I'm in the position of having to edit the outline to reflect the book (so that I can proceed on the outline without getting confused) -- so it's got to be something short and sweet. It can't be this going-on-ten-thousand-words tome that it's shaping up to be. Must. Be. Succinct. Save my powder for the main gig, don't waste it all on the prep.
MP Guest Post: Alafair Burke
12 hours ago