All right, on Monday you heard Patty's argument for flying free whilst writing. On Wednesday, Oscar laid his well-thought-out plan.
It's fair to say, based on reader comments, that the audience is split. And dear peeps, JD is split to.
1. You have to do what works for you. If you do something that doesn't work, well DUH, it doesn't work.
2. Some people will excel at one or other other. Or, heck, a combination of both.
3. It's your book, your vision, your dream. Do it the way you want to.
So my vote? And the official ruling? BOTH.
I used to be full-out panster. I outlined my first book for NaNoWriMo last year and it was pretty awesome. But I hated it. So now I do a little of both, and it works GREAT. Might I suggest that some of you try it? You might be surprised were the road less traveled will take you.
So in closing, there is no true winner. The winner is the one YOU choose. And for me? The winner is a combination of both.
Now everyone go have an EPIC Memorial Day Weekend!