People often ask me how I write so fast. I honestly believe it's because I outline. Now, I don't always follow my outlines. If I get into it and get a better idea I have no problem changing it. My outlines don't even flesh everything out. They're more like pacing beats and tidbits. It does help me to keep track of my story. Thanks to outlines I've finished four novels and two 25,000-word shorts since the beginning of January. I will finish another full WIP by Sunday. I didn't write today because I had to listen to and approve an audio book. When I was done, though, I put together five outlines. Yes. Five. I did three in one series and two in another. My hand hurts because I outline in notebooks by hand. It's because of outlines, though, that I will finish one book this week and start another next week. I honestly don't know how pantsers do it, but I give them a lot of credit. I would be lost without my outlines.