Back in October, before I wrote anything down, I decided I would try to outline. On November 2 I strayed so far from the outline that it became useless.
So I just wrote.
In December, I started getting a sense of what should happen later in the book. I wrote down a few of these ideas and tried, once again, to stick with the plan.
Then this Monday, I wrote 2000 words in one sitting. Those 2000 words took my story to an entirely new place, a place where many of my December ideas won't work.
The moral of this story: some people are plotters, unfortunately I'm not one of them.
Are you a plotter? If so, are you ever tempted to leave your outline behind?