Okay, I know I'm always promising to share a little bit of myself and my own writing process so here goes (and have at it!):
In sixth grade we learned about makjing outlines. I'm not kidding you, my teacher, Mr. Hildebrand, was so thorough about this lesson that we not only made outlines with I., II., III., IV., A., B., C. and D., a., b., c., d. and so on headings but we went as far as to include i., ii., iii., and iv. For anyone who had a similar lesson in the "art" of creating an outline, you know what I mean. At the time, it was tedious, time-consuming, difficult and I couldn't foresee where this was going ot be useful in my life. Well, sure enough, I've come to find out that outline writing has been one of the saving graces of my late adolescent and adult life. I wrote my notes in college in outline form. I take notes at work in outline form and now, I plan to write my stories in outline form. I'm so grateful that I had a teacher that spent so much time, thoroughly explaining the way to compose an outline from start to finish (and everywhere in between) because especially in fiction writing, the outline has become one of my most valued planning tools.