I personally do not like outlining at all, but I have a question about the "make it up as you go" approach. People tell me to just start with a sentence and then just write with no clue about what the story might be about. "As you write the characters could lead the way" is what they tell me. But then I get the other people who don't like outlining but believe thinking about the story in your head a few minutes before your pen meets paper will make it a better story in the end and will more likely make sense. So which one is a better approach?