Outline or Not: Do What’s Best for the Story
Tom Farr
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Agree Tom, each to his own. But I still say, in ‘free form’ writing, at the end of each chapter I can go a thousand different ways dependent on whether I want to increase pace, introduce another character or whatever and not be channelled into this tunnel of preconceived plot, a plot that may be a boring in conception. Of course all styles can have their pitfalls. In one novel my ‘free form’ style led to two people being imprisoned in an underground coal cellar — it took me two weeks to work out how to get them out plausibly.

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