For short stories I can sometimes pull this off, but not always. For shorts I often do a rough draft that is so bare bones it is essentially an outline (or else a crappy story). And for longer works—I can sometimes start without an outline—but I always come back and force one on it eventually. I have a hard time writing without some structure in place.
However, my outlines aren’t all that firm—I end up adjusting them along the way because certain things develop as I write that I wouldn’t have seen coming, or research leads me to some other new and exciting little thing I just *have* to add.
Anyway, I am attempting something longish this time without an outline and we’ll see how it goes. An experiment of sorts.
I’m in research mode right now, just steeping myself in podcasts and movies and documentaries, biographies etc. of material that will be useful for this piece. Which really means I’m just avoiding putting words on paper.
The few published stories I have out there were all written without outlines, so…maybe I know what I’m doing more than I think. Let’s hope so. Here I go…