This is a follow-up to my earlier thread: http://www.writingforums.org/threads/do-you-keep-typing-when-you-arent-feeling-anything.143327/ I've been bouncing back and forth between outlining and winging it. Like some have said here, my best scenes often come from unplanned spontaneous typing sessions. Although, ironically, I usually resist starting up those spontaneous sessions. From what I read here, many others do too. Most seem to want to write sequentially, in order, and knowing where they are going in advance. So I've been reading some of the 'pantsing' threads and posts and it just dawned on me, that's really just another name for 'free-writing'. IMO a healthy routine will incorporate both planning and pantsing, with one or the other being more dominate depending on the person. So, pondering all this took me back to 30 years ago to when I was in art school. (yes it's true) Back in that era (and maybe still today, but I am out of touch with that world so I don't know) there was a lot of buzz surrounding the RIGHT BRAIN vs LEFT BRAIN discussion. (the book 'drawing on the right side of the brain' was huge, and still may be) In my university we renamed it the Intuitive vs Cerebral approach. (which is basically what right vs left is trying to say, in layman's terms) So why am I posting this? Because I think perhaps all of the theorizing and digging around for 'technique explanation/description' and 'validation of one's method/routine' really boils down to whether one is proceeding cerebrally or intuitively (R vs L) in their writing process. And outlining -vs- pantsing is a perfect example of this battle of the two hemispheres, IMO. Back in drawing class, we had to learn to silence our inner critic and 'let it flow' in order to activate the part of the mind that brought us to that 'intuitive' state that led to truly inspired results. Thinking 'cerebrally' wouldn't get us there. But, after the dust settled, you analyzed your drawing cerebrally after the fact to measure the value of what you just created. And some of them were mis-fires, some needed adjustments, and some were effortless and flawless from the moment of creation. I think this R/L brain discussion is a metaphor for the free-writing (intuitive) and editing (cerebral/logical) processes we perform as writers. I think there's huge value in letting yourself go in a free-write. I also think you need to later activate your logical brain to adjust and polish the writing before it's presentable. Any thoughts?