And I’m here to tell you that writing without an outline is like doing a high-wire act without a net. Some people can do it, but wouldn’t you really rather have a net? I would. POWER PLAY wound up taking me several months longer than usual, simply because I wasted a lot of time on plot and on characters that I ended up cutting out.
I do very simple list outlines for most of my writing. I've tried to do long, detailed, scene by scene outlines, but I get too bored. What about you?