If you’ve ever written a research paper or tried to write anything of “serious” length, you may have struggled to put together an outline.
For instance, in High School English, my paper on The Scarlet Letter might have looked something like this:
- Pilgrim life sounds awful
- Powdered wigs – no thank you
- Those hats with buckles…seriously?
- Hester Prynne sounds like a firecracker…yow!
- Arthur Dimmesdale is a wiener.
- I’d rather be reading something about zombies
- My head’s too big for those hats anyway
And so on…
As I’ve struggled to write a book proposal in the last couple of months, I’ve had to take the concept of the outline much more seriously. The problem has been, it’s not normally how I write.
It’s not how I write because it’s not really how I live. I usually prefer not to know what’s coming, unless I’m talking about a goal that is easily mapped out – like pressing a heavier weight, for instance.
Aerosmith – You win this one
Life’s a journey, not a destination
I’m going to ignore that for a second and try to figure out what an outline of my life might look like.
- Baby boy with enormous head born in Moab! Nurse accurately prophesies that boy will not grown into his head until age 32. By that time his head has swelled so badly from his ego that he can never wear a hat again
- Boy gets really tall
- Boy’s brain decides it’s on a kamikaze mission and he starts twitching like a jumping bean
- Tall. Stringy. Like a big pale piece of constantly vibrating jerky
- Does a lot of dumb things
- Reads a lot
- Dabbles with unseemly lasses
- Starts a blog just to prove that he has nothing to say
- This plan backfires in a big way
Themes, Motifs, Recurring Symbols
- The kettlebell
- Bent glasses
- Crack pipe (whoops! That was supposed to be for another post…hmm…can’t figure out how to delete it…)
- The war with one’s body
- I don’t want to know
What do you think? Do you plan your life out? Which things do you leave to chance, and which things do you actually try to make an outline or plan for?
How do you know if you’re reaching your potential? How do you know if you’ve made the most of your time?
If there are enough comments, maybe I’ll come clean about that crack pipe, yo.
PS: Did you get a guest post from me yet?
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