While the theme of this special issue is concept as/instead of method, my contribution is to provide an account of Deleuze's " thought without image " in which the production of concepts takes place. Deleuze (1994) claims that concept creation does not occur in the dogmatic image of thought, for " the object of the concept, in itself or in relation to other objects, relies upon resemblance as a requirement of perceptual continuity " (p. 138). For Deleuze, this reliance on recognition renders thought bound to representation and stranded in a striated, universal space that crucifies difference. Thus, my intent is to take readers out of the dogmatic image of thought and into the conditions under which concepts are created and expressed. The descriptive force of my approach here is to emphasize rhythmic movement within an open system: what I'm naming thinking without method. Thinking without method relieves qualitative inquiry from the twin forms of epistemological imperatives of knowledge production and a conventional dependency on procedural method. Freedom from this reliance gives us a new starting place: the outside of method. The outside is an important concept in Deleuzian thought and undergirds my argument for thinking without method in qualitative inquiry. In his book Foucault, Deleuze (1988) reads his own concept of the outside through Foucault's theory of power, so ideas about relations, forces, and resistances are crucial to constitute the outside of both method and thought. In this section, I take up these intersections in an introductory manner because in qualitative inquiry, method has taken on normalizing forms. Giving prominence to relations that compose the outside is a radical shift that takes qualitative research into the new. In the social sciences, and qualitative research in particular , method reigns supreme to provide normative forms to our thinking in research. In other words, method supposedly , somehow, saves us from criticisms of credibility and reliability. A fixed image of method (i.e., a method that precedes inquiry) takes on a stratified form of trustworthiness that validates research. For example, qualitative fieldwork methods are recognizable: those of us trained in method know what it means to collect valid interview data. " Formed substances are revealed by visibility, " writes Deleuze (1988, p. 77), and method's visibility has been captured and insti-tutionalized by qualitative textbooks, coursework, publication standards, and so on. Method, as a " molar agency " (Deleuze, 1988, p. 76) of stratification, takes on functions of stabilization and reproduction (i.e., doing the same thing, or starting in the same place). Method, as strata, governs our inquiry. When we are caught in a dogmatic image of method, one option to escape capture is an oppositional turn to deny method altogether—which may trap us in a binary system of staunch procedure versus anything goes. However, we can rely on Deleuze to refuse that dichotomy and start elsewhere: the outside of method. Deleuze (1988) insists that any dualism opens up to a " multiplicity of relations between forces. .. free of any dualizable form " (pp. 83-84); these relations between forces " do not lie outside strata but form the outside of strata " (p. 84). The outside of method, then, Abstract The author relies on Deleuze's critique of the dogmatic image of thought to produce the conditions under which new concepts are created. Putting together a network of concepts such as the outside, the encounter, and force, the author invents thinking without method, an emergent, fragmented strategy that forms the outside of stratified qualitative research methods. The author draws upon some of her previous work to experiment with a new starting place for inquiry.