When I was young my sister and I were having a slumber party in her bedroom. She told me there was a candy bar at the bottom of my sleeping bag. I crawled in head first already tasting the milk chocolate and she zipped it shut. I was trapped. I couldn’t breathe ~ completely restrained. Funny, how this incident came to mind while trying to prepare my first outline for NaNoWriMo.
Thanks to the wonderful commenters on my previous post and their words of wisdom, I realized an outline didn’t have to mirror my nightmarish high school outlines. It’s my outline, I could do whatever I want and what I wanted was to toss is out the window. This time suck had seized all of my NaNoWriMo excitement and left me spent. So, I tossed it and a funny thing happened, the next day my story began to play out in my mind.
Then the epiphany, an outline should spark my creativity, not stifle it. Trying to developing the perfect outline had made me so stressed, I couldn’t think. This is when I began to look at outlining in a different light. I could use my favorite colored post-its and my florescent index cards and have some fun. After all, isn’t NaNoWriMo supposed to be fun? Now, days before the start of NaNoWriMo, I can breathe again and enjoy watching my story play out in beautiful colors.