“Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant -you just don't know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you'd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place.
How can I not agree with this? Roger Zelazny is one of my favorite writers, one that I've studied to improve my own writing. The way I see it, even when an author outlines (or plots out) a novel--organizing events, notions and ideas always crop up with the potential to make the story more interesting. Does it totally throw off the story's direction? Probably not, but it sure makes it interesting keeping on the general course.