I’m constantly in awe of those writers who don’t use outlines. They just write and come up with the story as it goes along.
I’m the complete opposite. I have to use an outline or the “flow” of words stops. Or more specifically, doesn’t even get started.
I need some sort of loose guideline to follow as I’m progressing in the story. I say “loose” because often the chapter changes as I’m writing, although the general idea is still there. I’m also more of a visual person, so it’s easier for me to see the order of the book if I have an outline, and if I need to do any switching around (which I do all the time!) I can just copy and paste the chapter segments.
Are you one who outlines your story or do you just jump right in and write? Or, do you do a combination of these?