My biggest roadblock during the past year has been trying to use an outline. Not that I wasn’t having some writer’s block issues before, but I always felt my lack of an outline was unprofessional and a detriment to creating a solid story.
And so I started doubting my writing. Then, my writing slowed down.
Then, it stopped.
I tried figuring out the whole outline process, but it just wasn’t my style and it wasn’t fun. Call me crazy, but I need fun to keep me interested and writing.
Fun, it turns out, is not knowing what my protagonist is going to do next. Fun, I learned, is being surprised by what a character just did, just like my protagonist was surprised to learn his old detective partner was murdered and he is the prime suspect.
I know outlines work for some writers, but they don’t work for all writers. Whichever process you use, I encourage you to give yourself permission to write the way that works best for you, the way that keeps you interested and happy . . . and productive.