Nerdy Writer Post: Outlining

Before I'm not especially devoted to either planning or pantsing stories. (Pantsing, yes, by the seat of your pants you scribble your way through the story.) I will say that since I started "outlining" stories, my first drafts are cleaner and my revisions are less intensive. But I don't do roman numerals alternating with letters and numbers. I don't outline like they taught us in school. I stayed away from outlining for probably five years longer than I needed to, because I associated it with dreary classrooms and stifled creativity. Note to teachers: maybe not so much with the rules.