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Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon Tells Us Her Thought Process For Book 10

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Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon Tells Us Her Thought Process For Book 10

"You can ask, but it won't get you anywhere." That's what Diana Gabaldon tweeted to a fan who teasingly asked about the status of Book 10 in the Outlander series after the author had announced that she had just finished the ninth book. But did I let that — or her hashtag of #Iwouldntbotherreally — stop me? Nay! For when you're given the opportunity to question Gabaldon about the final Outlander book, you take it.

Gabaldon and I spoke in April, two weeks after she had finished Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Bees). I had promised I wouldn't ask when she intends to begin writing the unnamed tenth book, but I was curious to know if finishing Bees provided any clarity for her on the final installment of Jamie and Claire's story.

"Well, see, the thing is, I don't plan these out in any kind of detail before writing them, the detail happens while I'm writing them," she says. "I haven't even begun to mentally engage with Book 10 as yet."

Over the years, Gabaldon has shared quite a bit about her writing process. She doesn't create outlines. She doesn't map out events. She works on parts of the story where she can "see things happening" and then pieces it together — once referring to it on Twitter like a game of Tetris. She has admitted online that this strategy might not work for every writer. But it certainly works for the former university professor with three science degrees turned prolific fiction author.

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