I have learned that my writing style is that of a gardener rather than an architect, or as some may call it I am a "pantser" or a discovery writer. I find out where my story is going as I write it. A long time ago I started writing a novel. But after writing a very long story with a lot of boring content (though it did eventually turn into a good story with plot) I felt that I needed to stop just writing whatever came into my head and figure out an actual direction for the story. Well ultimately that led me to just stopping work on the novel. Years went by because I didn't "have a plan" for the book. I was waiting for inspiration to hit and just tell me what needed to happen in the story. Now I understand my writing method better; I understand how I need to just write content to be able to create content. So ideally I just need to write more and more to the story, and then once it has finally gone somewhere I look back on it, find what is actually important, and re-write a much shorter story that actually follows a proper structure and whatnot. And with this in mind I keep thinking of trying again. But I don't think I can afford the time to write ten dictionaries worth of stories just to find the bits that I want. So maybe I really should write an outline, or in some way or other set up a more distinct goal of what needs to happen in my story. What I'm coming to this form is to ask if anyone knows of any good methods a gardener/discovery writer can utilize to break beyond my typical methods so I can add some more structure to my story, to create an outline of some form for me to follow.