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Old 12-21-2006, 02:33 PM
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I have never tried to organize my work because it seems to be easier to write if I just write and not think about the way it will end up. I usually end up writing about something completely different then what I started out writing. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. However, I'm very interested in writing fantasy and I've been getting my hands on all kinds of fantasy books and I think I start getting into more complex projects, I might need to plan more.

My question is: Should I try to organize an outline or should I do what I usually do?

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What you describe is called automatic writing. You just start writing, not knowing where the story will go, and let the characters sort of act and speak for themselves.

Paul Bowles was one author who used automatic writing for some of his work (along with his friend William Burroughs.) Check out Bowles' very good novel "The Sheltering Sky."
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I have to go with Rob on this one..although after twenty years of writing...I still haven't figured out which is best, sometimes it depends on the project I'm working on. A longer more complex piece such as a novel, I tend to have notes and I will have planned it out...but...

Just remember that no plan is written in stone, if you think of something exciting don't be afaid to deviate and see where it takes you.
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