OK, so I'm a beginning writer,and when I say beginning, I mean I haven't written one page yet. But I feel I'm ready, I have a ton of ideas that i'm looking forward to start. My dilemma is to outline or not? I want my plots to be interesting and to make sense. I've heard several successful authors say they hate outlining and never do. They claim it takes the fun out of writing and that they discover their story and characters as they write it, which to me sounds like fun as well,but also a lot of frustration for an amateur like myself down the road. The reason I want to write is for the fun of it, and sure the dream of being published, but I'm afraid if I outline it will take that away but I'm afraid if i don't I'll get frustrated and give up cause I get lost. And what if i do outline but i feel my characters are taking the story in a different direction? I must sound like a babbling idiot lol but this is what keeps me up all night and scares me into starting my writing.