here, here, and there on the topic of creating plots, outlines and story lines in fiction, but I still frequently become embroiled in the "Pantser vs. Plotter" wars. In other words, some writers sit down and write "by the seat of their pants," while others meticulously plot every jot and tittle before writing a line. For some reason, many seem to think this is an all-or-nothing decision, but I disagree.
I am a notorious fence-sitter, which permits me the luxury of criticizing every ideological tribe with abandon. With respect to writing, I find this manifests as a virulent strain of Plotting Pantserism, as I prefer to use a hybrid method combining elements--and advantages--of both strategies. Lee Strayer at Atomic 27 Media has interviewed me on my peculiar (but eminently sensible) approach, and featured an excerpt of our conversation in his latest Magnetic Wireless podcast.
Give it a listen, won't you? I mean, can't we all just get along?