hey folks, I've been reading "Plot and Structure" by James Scott Bell, and it is a fantastic book (and quite possibly almost necessary) for those writing fiction. Bell discusses outlining, which I do in a mental fashion and quite loosely at that. A friend of mine on here is also working on a large piece, and she outlined with 3x5 cards of different scenes and played with the order of the cards. She came up with a vastly different plot than what she first imagined, and she was quite pleased with her revised plot and structure of her story. Now as for me, I have a muse like she does. But mine keeps me on a short leash--a very short leash. If I did that, (and believe me, I'd love to) I would have "let my muse out." I cannot ever discuss specifics about my story with anyone..or it will not get written. I cannot write something about it in a detailed fashion or it's gone. Why? Because I expressed the story in some form or fashion. For me, the fastest way to kill a story or an article is simply to talk about it as an article, or story (discussing concepts is something else.) Talking about it is simple story execution: one bullet, back of the head. Is anyone else like this?