Non-fiction is a bit like a table: a careful look reveals its main parts, how they fit together, and how each element contributes to the piece’s overall function. Writing a clear, outlined description of the table works in part due to its very nature.
Fiction, on the other hand, is teeming with sub-plots, ambiance, and metaphor – it’s a lot more like a painting than a table. And how do you outline a painting? Well, we’ll get back to you when we’ve figured that out!