Every writer has their own style when it comes to their approach to writing. Generally it is possible to group those approaches into two categories: The Plotter or The Pantser. A plotter will have their storyline planned ahead of starting to write. This will normally include character profiles and scene plans. The pantser will have nothing planned, other than an idea. They will sit down in front of the keyboard and type away (or 'fly by the seat of their pants, hence pantser.)
Part way through this and before the Festival of Writing, I read Plotting the Novel by Michael Legat. It helped me write a synopsis in preparation for the festival and I did wonder if I had written the synopsis earlier, would it have made the whole process easier? I re-wrote the synopsis just before sending it to the NWS as the plot had changed again so I also wonder if I write a synopsis, is there any hope I will actually stick to it? To see if it is, for my next project I plan to do one ahead of starting to write and then find out if the end project bares any resemblance when I'm finished. Presently I am reading Elizabeth George's Write Away and she is an advocate for planning so I will also follow some of her advice. Who knows if the pantser can become a plotter?
So are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried a different approach to your writing style?