I don’t recall where I saw this. Either Pinterest or FB but it is exactly how I feel today.
I have been working on this novel of mine for a long time now. The same one I’ve been working on for months. I finished the first draft and then decided I wanted to pull out a certain character and make the book about her alone.
Then I re-outlined. I always outline and I have to admit I get so detailed in my outlines that the book could almost write itself. Why do I do that? It frustrates me. I outline and outline and outline but don’t seem to actually write any of the story.
I told a friend and fellow author that I thought it was fear or maybe being too much of a perfectionist. I realize that I approach writing novels like I approached writing papers in college. I was not a literature or English major. I studied Theology and Political Science. My papers usually necessitated working from an outline. How do I recover from this? Is there a 12 step program for addicted outliners?
I like the subject of my novel. I just finished another outline last night.
Now….I just need to write the damn story. Lol