This post is directed at writers and readers. I am sorry if any of you feel left out. Not a comprehensive approach, or is it?
Speaking of a comprehensive approach, how about Milton’s Paradise Lost? On the first page Milton informs his readers that he’s going to “justify the ways of God to men.”
Did he write that after the manuscript was completed or was that the task he committed to only after one page? I can’t imagine making such a statement my goal.
Do you who are not pantsers outline or in some fashion plan a book in which the comprehensiveness of it approaches this ambition? I would just stare at that line in disbelief that I wrote it and go take a nap.