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

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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