Sunday, August 25, 2013

Capote on Outlines

Truman Capote apparently did not like outlines:
At one time I used to keep notebooks with outlines for stories. But I found that doing this somehow deadened the idea in my imagination. If the notion is good enough, if it truly belongs to you, then you can’t forget it — it will haunt you until it’s written.[1]
Who says it was just outlines the killed ideas in his imagination? I have always been struck by the absence of ideas in his work.

1. By way of Elizabeth Browne, thanks to Flavorwire.

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