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However, I think that pantsing does have a place in a writer's skill set and should not be dismissed entirely. I use pantsing when I'm outlining, in fact. I find it to be a great brainstorming technique. So I write a ton of outlines and ideas that I don't use. No big deal. Better a few random ideas jotted down, than fifty thousand words worth of mediocre nonsensical drivel. Pantsing is also great for shorter fiction, such as short stories or even flash fiction. It's great fun to go along on the ride of a lifetime with one of your characters and see just what they're made of.
I never used to outline, but in the recent months since I've started, I've found myself to be far more productive. I know where things are going and I know where I want them to end up and an outline allows me to stay on course. I used to think that outlining was the death of creativity, but there is creativity in every stage of the process, whether it be first or final draft, there is always room to be free with your creativity.
Pantsing is fun, but I'll never pants a novel again.
Are you a planner? Or are you a pantser?
If you plan, how detailed are your outlines?