Can You Imagine?

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.

2 thoughts on “Can You Imagine?

  1. Carole Webber October 22, 2013 / 9:40 am

    I am writing a family history for my family and yes, I do have an outline.
    If I were writing fiction , I probably would do a flexible plan or outline as
    I think the characters in my book would dictate the path to take.
    What does that make me ?
    I may take a nap.

    • fictionfitz October 22, 2013 / 9:44 am

      You are an organized sensible writer without visions of grandeur. This is today’s fortune cookie. No need to go for Chinese food tonight.

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