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.”