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In which i have no outline


I know that I’ve mentioned that I’m writing a book but have I mentioned how it’s screwing up my blogging?  I can only write so many hours a day and I tend to focus on one project at a time so my blog is suffering.  Not yet, but soon, I shall run out of posts.


However, I wanted to tell you a funny conversation about the book.  As you know, or maybe you don’t know but NOW you do, five weeks ago I decided to write a book.  How do I know that it’s been five weeks?  Because yesterday I got my hair done and I asked them if they knew I was writing a book.  They replied that they did because I had a hair appointment on the day I made that decision.  Now I get my hair done every five weeks so you do the math.


At any rate, five weeks ago I woke up and eventually looked at Twitter.  Upon seeing a tweet from a friend of mine I decided that YES, I definitely need to write a book.  I went to the gym, got on the recumbent bike and made a list of all the things I wanted to include in the book.  It was a very long list.


I went home and spent the next 13 days, 5-7 hours/day, writing the book.  Within two weeks I had 79000 words written.  Yeah, I’m a walking example of OCD.  At any rate, I then took a week off and had a friend edit the book.


After her edit, I sent it out to friends for feedback.  I received the feedback and basically, people really loved it but felt it was disorganized and needing honing down.  One person told me that I had at least five different books in there and needed to focus on the story I wanted to tell.  Good advice right?


So, I was telling Kevin this and we had the following conversation:


Kevin:             well, what does your outline say?

Me:                  outline?

Kevin:             yeah, your outline

Me:                  are you supposed to have an outline?

Kevin:             you don’t have an outline?

Me:                  do you know whom you’re talking to?

Kevin:             you need an outline of all the key points you want to make

Me:                  like what?

Kevin:             didn’t you used to be a computer programmer?

Me:                  you know I was

Kevin:             didn’t you have to make a flow chart?

Me:                  ugghhh…flow charts

Kevin:             you make a flow chart before you began programming, right?

Me:                  well, I never did that

Kevin:             what did you do?

Me:                  I’d just write the program

Kevin:             … and …

Me:                  and then when I finished figuring it out and it was time for documentation I’d draw a flow chart to match my program.

Kevin:             you were winging it?

Me:                  yeah, basically

Kevin:             so you just wrote an entire book by winging it

Me:                  basically

Kevin:             well did you get across the major points you wanted to make

Me:                  what points?

Kevin:             you must have a list of key points you’re trying to make

Me:                  a list? Of what?

Kevin:             of all the things you want to get across!

Me:                  what do you think they are?

Kevin:                         for example …

Me:                  hold on and let me get my iPad

Kevin:             … early intervention, you feel strongly about that

Me:                  uh huh.  I do!

Kevin:             … there is always hope. Don’t lose focus on your family and the big picture

Me:                  yeah, that’s a good one

Kevin:             … stay the course. There’s always someone worse …

Me:                  that’s true. One of my basic credos!

Kevin:             … there will always be setbacks but you must face the truth

Me:                  those are great Kevin

Kevin:             so what did you have on your list?

Me:                  what you just said.  I just typed it down

Kevin:             they weren’t written down.

Me:                  why would I write down stuff I already know?

Kevin:             you’re ridiculous

Me:                  no I’m not

Kevin:             and completely disorganized

Me:                  the other day I left a comment on someone’s Live Journal and then they said, “you know Lynn, you’re absolutely right”

Kevin:             so?

Me:                  and I replied, “of course I’m right.  Why would I bother typing down something that’s wrong?”

Kevin:             you are going about your life in the most erratic way possible

Me:                  I know right? And you’re lucky to be with me.

Kevin:             perhaps…if I live through the experience

Me:                  that’s a compliment right?

… and so it was. At least, that’s how I’m taking it!

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  1. Mayor Gia
    May 4, 2012

    Wait wait wait, what was the tweet that made you decide to write a book?!?
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    • Lynn
      May 4, 2012 was about a mom saying that her situation with her son seemed hopeless…about Aspergers

  2. Jester Queen
    May 4, 2012

    I have yet to write from an outline. I think the trick is to write the outline after you finish the book, myself. “OK, now I’ve said it, and how shall I organize it”. I’m sorry I still haven’t gotten you feedback on that second draft. It’s been batshit crazy here!!!
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    • Lynn
      May 4, 2012

      Not to worry!

  3. Julie
    May 4, 2012

    Is Kevin available for cocktails?

    • Lynn
      May 4, 2012

      Hahahaha…he’s taken

  4. kathykate
    May 4, 2012

    outlines and flow charts are for wusses. you go girl, you don’t need no stinkin’ plan!

  5. Renee
    May 6, 2012

    haha! This sounds like a conversation I would have with my husband. Except instead of flow charts and outlines we’d probably be talking about beer and nachos. Or taking the batteries out of remotes before you pack them away for a year. Apparently you’re supposed to do that. Who knew?

  6. Giselle
    May 6, 2012

    Outline is very important in every thing that we do especially when we are planning or making things for our success.. Thanks for your funny conversation here with Kevin..LOL..
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  7. My Kevin and I were discussing this same subject last week. (Although I’m not writing a book. Yet.) But he told me it’s possible to write a book without an outline. I was overjoyed to hear it because I hate outlines. Reminds me of all those pesky term papers in
    school. All the best with the book!

    • Lynn
      May 8, 2012

      thanks…I’m on hold now cuz i finished the first draft already

  8. Reanna
    May 7, 2012

    I’m an anti-outline person too. I remember in school having to show an outline with essays in English class. I did exactly what you did with flowcharts. Write the thing, then outline it.
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    • Lynn
      May 8, 2012 much easier than figuring it out before right? also, more accurate

  9. Annabelle
    May 10, 2012

    Wow, you are a machine! 79,000 words in two weeks? My outlines are not generally terribly detailed, but when I try to do without I usually end up sketching out a rough one just to figure out what I’m doing. If it’s something long, I’m just too inclined to trip myself up.
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    • Lynn
      May 11, 2012

      it just kind of poured out but it really could be just crap, ya know?

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