But, as I start in on some new projects, I thought I'd analyze what I actually do in lieu of creating an outline.
I'm kind of like a kid with LEGOs.
First, I get collect all of the LEGOs (ideas) I can about the book and stuff them into a bag (document).
At this point, I know I want to build something, but I am not sure what it is. If I knew exactly what I wanted to make, like this:
Then I would probably need an outline,(those little paper directions that I always lose) otherwise it would NEVER look like that in the end. However, usually, I am not quite sure what I want to make. I just keep sticking LEGOs (ideas) together in different ways and taking them apart until I end up with some kind of something that might be cooler than I would have dreamed, like this:
(this is an Escher LEGO house, by the way)
Now, often it doesn't come out so cool. Often I have to take it all apart and put all the pieces in a bag for a while.
But for me, I think the reason I fear the outline is that I don't want to settle for what I think might be something nice when maybe I could create something amazing.
So, I start with my collected bits and begin to see possibilities. I think discovering the potential is the part I like the best.
(Of course, sometimes I have a vision and no idea how to build it, but that is another story.)
One last gratuitous LEGO pic that pretty much sums up writing: