What do you prefer? I've read on numerous websites that 'the pros' recommend writing outlines if you're a 'serious writer.' However, I've also heard from other writers and my creative writing instructor from last year that they don;t like to write outlines because it ruins the surprise and excitement of writing the story for them if everything is laid out. I have written a few plot outlines and while it does help get a structured process and goals set up, I found it hard to slog through the slower scenes and I end up taking an extended break. I am currently writing a story with no plot outline other than the one in my head, which can be changed on a whim and I have only set a few points in the story to get to. What are your thoughts?