I have lived pretty much my whole life in the sphere of my right-brain. Particularly when it comes to my writing. I write to capture a feeling. Such writing is pretty much always dependent on the illusive muse. While such a state of flow is exhilarating, It does not naturally lend itself to finishing things. Particularly long things like novels.
I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time this past November. While it was a lot of fun, it was also really hard. My best days were those in which I had previously thought out which scenes I needed to write, and had a rough plan for my writing time. I still got to that fun place where the writing flowed, and I even got there faster!
Part of my risk-taking in 2017 will, I hope, be focused on developing and encouraging more left-brain analytical activities, which don't come naturally to me. So I am giving an honest shot at serious outlining. I've always loved planning. But stories I've planned out never get beyond that stage. And stories I haven't planned peter out by about 3000 words. By combining the two--serious outlining, followed by a writing start date and maybe a NaNoWriMo-like sprint to finish the first draft--maybe I'll hit on the system that works for me. It's worth a try!
If you're a writer, please share what works for you. How do you get your writing done? Outlining? Not outlining?