This is an interesting question to ask. Some writers I know dedicate themselves to a very detailed “chapter plan” on Excel or Word and plan out everything about the book. But is this just too detailed, and too unnecessary?
The Advantages/Disadvantages of Outlining:
The advantages of course is that you know where you’re going all the time, and that many writers use it. I remember someone saying that writing without an outline is like “driving without the brakes on”. However, the disadvantage is “plot holes” – using my Excel idea as an example, you end up getting blank spaces in the plot, and you have to think hard to fill those spaces. And this plot holes, once filled, could make the chapter boring, or even the whole book boring…
The Advantages/Disadvantages of “Pantsing”:
The main disadvantage of not planning is the idea that you could end up writing FOREVER. But I can offer a view on this that I am doing this for my current book. It is very helpful. There’s some point where my writing reaches a halt. Rather than get a “plot hole” on an outline plan, I can think about it, and I’m able to continue writing. So far it’s going great!
But what do you think/prefer? Comment below!