If you’re a writer, you have inevitably been in an argument at some point, whether with an English professor or fellow classmate, regarding the importance of using an outline (or not) for your work.
Whether an outline is a crutch for one’s imagination, the bumper rails at a bowling alley, or a helpful friend can be debated endlessly, but I thought I’d share a curious, insightful Flavorwrite article about famous writers who did use outlines.
The beauty of the post is the varieties of way an outline can be done. Joseph Heller (of Catch-22 fame) writes in uppercase letters in little boxes, each character with its own section. William Faulkner wrote an outline on his office walls. Gay Talese wrote a colorful, eye-catching outline of his famous essay, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.”