Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Do you like to make a detailed plan before you start a project? Or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants and make it up as you go along?
A great question! When I was younger, I never used to plan out my stories or use an outline. I was totally a pantser. Now, though, I've found an outline really has helped me get through the story to where it is now--four chapters away from a complete first draft of my debut novel. My approach has been really flexible. The ideas jotted down in my outline can change or evolve, and sometimes as I write, the story veers off where it initially was intended to go. New characters emerged that I hadn't planned for. Some discoveries and revelations happened earlier than I'd planned (note to self--when writing ahead because an idea for a future scene inspires you, the situation as it is when you write it initially may not end up being exactly the same by the time you write up to that scene).
So, you could say I'm both a plotter and a pantser. I think it does help to be able to plot and brainstorm, using a flexible outline. It's a great way to start off a new project, and it can help to do additional work when you reach a place where you're stuck. Or when you're just not quite sure what really needs to happen in a chapter. It's helped me get going again by providing a guide and direction.
What's your Writing approach? Are you a plotter or a pantser? If you write a blog post about it, leave a link here so we can all check out everyone's responses!