We all have our unique creative process. Outlines are helpful for many writers and for others, a more free-flowing, organic style works best. Whichever you style you use, the key is to make it work for you.
For me, no matter how hard I’ve tried to outline, my writing process is more organic (without an outline). Although this kind of process can take various twist and turns, get off track, and take longer to complete a project, sometimes a more organic approach can help you get to know your characters better. At least, that is how it has worked for me. However, I will admit that I’m trying to write from an outline—even if it’s more of a skeleton.
While exploring your writing habits and which system fits (and works best) for you, here are a few things to consider.