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I think it is important for everyone to see what works (and doesn't work) for themselves.

this is true, and it depends heavily on what you're trying to accomplish.

Intricate subplots that lead to a climax, with lots of twist and turns, and all remaining self-consistent, is tough to impossible to pull off without an outline. William Gibson, Elmore Leonard, etc. come to mind.

But if your story is similar to King's, in that he develops a basic idea, throws in some characters, and then watches what happens, then a formal and heavy outline probably isn't important.


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