Than change the way I write novels. Oh, that’s right, I haven’t completed one yet. Ship! (I have to watch the language around the little tikes.)
It’s been 5 years since I started writing, 3 years since I started my novels, and one month since I decided to create a Comprehensive Outline.
In my earlier attempts, I tried to be a panster, after that I tried a combination of seat-of-my-pants writing and Outlining. I failed. I did get further each time I planned my story. The more detailed the planning, the further I got.
I fell off the wagon this year, though. It was the fourth major surgery to a story, and again the patient died. A part of me wanted to die too (quit). I knew all along what I should have been doing (Outlining), but my impatient buttock didn’t want to commit. It would take too long.
It was after reading Paradox, a post from Donald Maass, that I decided to change my attitude. The main quote I remember was, “Your story matters more than anything, and your story matters not at all.” It spoke volumes- after I read the entire post .