After spending the weekend crafting an outline for my new novel, I wrote 3,905 words yesterday without batting an eye. That’s more than I’ve ever done in a day, more than twice my usual output.
Granted, I’m currently very much invested in finishing this novel because: a) I just want to get it done already. b) I’m currently looking for work, so I’m not sure how much time I’ll have if/when I find work. c) I fear that the manuscript that’s out on submission now isn’t faring too well.
However, that was also true last week when I had no outline and I was just making it to 2,000 words/day.
So. Outlines work.
Go make one.