Some authors create detailed outlines before they begin writing a novel. Others just start writing and see what happens. Plotting it out or flying by the seat of your pants.
I had an idea for a novel and this summer I just pantsed it. I sat down and wrote a lot of words, then after editing I ended up with about 20k that I liked and only half a story line. The latter half of my novel appealed to me, but the beginning did not. After many false starts, I gave up.
Until I heard another blogger mention that she was switching from nablopomo to nanowrimo this November. I only signed up a few days ago, but there is a fun energy in joining a large community that all has a crazy goal. It has already has pushed me to spend my daughter's naptimes drawing on my whiteboard. Making connections, thinking about the sticky points, and daydreaming has led me to something of a new outline.
So I am a pantser turned plotter and we'll see how it goes. Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!