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Lady Wordsmith says
Concure completely with Lady Wordsmith. My additional advice: write every day for a least three weeks - you won't be able to give up the habit.
Jim Miller says
But the outline can come later. Free writing can reveal so much that an outline would inhibit. A first draft is where the mistakes are made, and the gems discovered - the edit is where all the problems are ironed out.
Possibly, you get an idea, start writing, usually running out of steam. Or you can get an idea, start fooling around with it turning the idea in and out on itself. To write for print there has to be some structure/outline to work from.
Of course, that goes without saying. But while mcbel is enjoying this flow of writing I think it could possibly be counterproductive to interrupt that flow to impose structure at this point.
I never said otherwise, but if he is writing for possible print publication, sooner or later ther needs to be structure to get past an editor. A 100 writers will all have different views here.
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