In my recent studies, I have learned there is actually a name for the type of writing I do - "organic". That means running in, guns blazing, writing hard and fast without any outline or planning whatsoever.
The most I do is write a few bullet points about each character - eyes, hair, build, personality. Sometimes I don't even bother with that and add it in later. I have a name, I have a "feel" for the character - that will suffice.
I like to use my characters like the toys and action figures I paraded in my doll's house as a child. I know my characters so well that if I put them into a new situation, they will show me how the scene will play out. Sometimes their character becomes known to me through their actions.
As someone pointed out, how can you foreshadow when you don't know the ending? When I was writing my first complete novel, I reached the fourth act and realised that suddenly dumping a surprise villain into my reader's laps was not going to be received well. So I scrolled back into much earlier places in my story and inserted clues. Until I knew what the conclusion was, I couldn't foreshadow - but that's what editing is for.
Whenever I try to outline, I fall into a pit, haunted by the thought that it's a stupid idea, no one will like it, etc, ad nauseum. I embraced the NaNoWriMo method because instead of being confronted with a blank screen after several hours, I would find myself with a buttload of text that I could then edit as I pleased.
There are events he refused to mention because they were uninteresting, events he misreported because of shame. But they were always there, and the people he interacted with had their own influence on the story, had their own struggles. I know what's going to happen.
I am writing with an outline this time - but strangely it is an organically written outline. Perhaps the methods don't need to be mutually exclusive.
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.