I'd like to eliminate at least one or two drafts, so I'm going to try doing the whole outlining thing. The last time I tried it, I failed because knowing what was going to happen next made writing the book boring for me. I like being surprised by my characters and letting them go off and do the things they want to do. Outlining might stifle that. But then again, it might make it easier to get from point a to point b.
This new book I'm planning is interesting in that the first half of the book is from one character's POV, while the second is from another. At this stage, I have the first half of the book pretty well down in my head, but the second half is a little more vague. I'm hoping it will clarify when I start outlining.
Anyway. Wish me luck. As of tonight I am officially working on the new book, tentatively called Sour Plum. The aim is to finish a reasonable, critiquable (is that a word) first draft by my birthday in May. It would be sooner, but with two huge film festivals to host between now and then, I don't want to be unrealistic.
How do you outline? Or do you just go with it?