Outlines! Creative people are so funny. We might all be writers, but each writer seems to have a completely unique writing process. Some are pantsers, and they sit down and write that story with absolutely no idea where it's going. Some are plotters and they don't even write the first word until every scene is plotted extensively. And then there are those in between who are a mixture of both.
That's where I am. I use an outline, because I like to see where I'm going, but it's a very vague outline. Like, one paragraph for the entire novel. But that brief outline gives me enough that I can work my way through the novel without a lot of deleting useless scenes, while not being so structured that my creatity screams in outrage.
I love to see how different everyone's process is. How do you do it?