I used to hate outlining. Like, I would rather revise a novel nine times to avoid drafting a three-page synopsis. In my mind, the act of planning a book ruined the act of actually writing a book.
This was before I realized what kind of books I tend to write. In a word, they're complicated. I like complicated characters, complicated plots, complicated worlds. I like science fiction and fantasy and magical realism and mysteries. I like surprise twists and unexpected endings.
And after a handful of finished (*cough*half-finished*cough*) manuscripts, I realized that pantsing each of my twisty crazy books just gave me a headache and a plot that looked like tangled ball of yarn.
This is how I became an outliner.
I still firmly believe there's no "right" way to go about writing a book. I "pantsed" my way through a couple books, and I loved it. It was fun and thrilling to let the story lead me. But with other books - those twisty, crazy ones - I needed to take a step back. I needed to spread out the story's bones to see them from all angles.
How about you? Are you a pantser-turned-outliner? What works best for you?