I've loved writing since I was a child. I've also loathed outlines for just about as long. I can remember several times during my school career when I'd be excited to get into a writing project, only to be told that I needed to do an outline first.
My brain just doesn't work like that. I get my best ideas when I just sit down and write. I have a notebook where I jot down ideas, but generally I only have a vague idea of how I'm going to get from point A to point B.
With my new novel, I'm trying to change my ways. I know that I will always be a pantser, as I'm not going to spend ten hours on an outline, but since I started using Scrivener, I've found that the outlining process doesn't have to be painful. I love how Scrivener is set up, as I can look at my novel on index cards, or organize my thoughts into an outline. I've always written in one long document, which can be a bit of a pain to make changes to.
With this new novel, I'm going to attempt to take my notes and turn them into chapter documents before I even get started. You write a synopsis for each chapter so when you need to edit or move things around, you'll know what each chapter contains. This will make the editing hell that I'm currently enduring for Positive Tension a thing of the past. Well, maybe not totally a thing of the past, but perhaps I will ascend to a higher circle of hell?
Are you a pantser or a planner? Do you think you could ever change your ways?