If you prefer to sit down and wait for the muses to visit, what you end up with as a first draft may need some reverse engineering.
If you plot first then write, the story may change and your first draft is dramatically different than the plan you started with.
Both are perfectly acceptable, as is any method in between. The important part is to keep writing, growing your craft, and enjoying it.
Over the years, our contributors have weighed in on the debate:
Pantsing Versus Plotting
Types of Writers
For more information about the layering method, check out Story Building Blocks I: The Four Layers of Conflict, which is available in print and e-book versions. It would make a terrific addition to your Christmas wish list or a gift for other writers in your life.
Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit DianaHurwitz.com for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.