I started when I was young. Writing was always a gut feeling for me. An impulse. Soon, normal writing wasn't enough anymore. So, I started 'Pantsing'. I would 'pants' during the mornings, at night, during school, anytime I could, really. I'd sneak off to 'pants' during work, drawing little comics on sticky notes, or writing unfinished short stories during lunch time on notepads. I would ignore my friends to 'pants', saying that someday I would be a famous author while they were goofing off with engineering degrees or whatever. They said my stories about Harry Potter being a girl were sometimes good, but never went anywhere, or even had a coherent plot, for that matter. I told them would never understand. They didn't understand 'Pantsing' But then something happened to me. Life happened. I got married, had kids, and fought in a really confusing war/police action/offensive school building project. I finally realized that 'Pantsing' had no place in the regimented, scheduled life of adulthood. I realized 'Pantsing' was draining my creativity. Endlessly brainstorming and writing whatever came to my mind did not make me a writer; It made me a weirdo that gave writers a bad name, with their Akira eroticas and Pulp Fiction fan... fictions. So I quit. I found myself a good grammar book and a calendar. Now, I am a Planner. I've been a planner for six months straight now, and am closer to actually finishing a book, a full length novel, than I have ever been in my entire life. I have planned this entire book, and it is coming together exactly the way I want it. What's crazy, is giving up 'Pantsing' has actually made me more creative. Once the big details like setting, plot, and character are outlined and solidified, I can focus on all the little things like style, grammar, spelling, and 'the story making sense'. Pantsing was about writing ruling my life. Now, I rule the writing! I still write all the short stories and erotics (looking at you, Attack On Titan) but I write them as a part of a writing schedule. Little guilty pleasures enjoyed on special occasions. Life has never been so good, and I owe it all to planning My name is Bob, and I'm a Planner.