To Outline or Not to Outline?

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Tolstoy Writing Painting

Some fiction writers outline, others don’t. I think it’s a matter of temperament. Strategists outline while more impulsive writers simply write. I think outlining has undeniable benefits, especially for young writers whose voice is quavering and who don’t yet have a clear sense of direction, those who, without a map, are likely to get lost in the abysmal whiteness of the blank page.

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