Plotter or panster? That's the question this month. As an editor who also writes, I'd have to say my answer to that question is a combination of both.
I don't exactly draw up detailed charts and graphs, but I'm not constantly taken by surprise by where characters lead me. I like to do a short synopsis then write the bare bones story first. I go back after that and flesh out the story, develop the characters, and add historical details...etc.
I've tried the more complicated plotting, having a notebook with sections and color-coding things; it was all very organized. That worked fine, but it was a real change for me, and I haven't done it since.
I don't normally sit and write a story through though, without some thought first about direction and goals. I'll make notes. If plot holes pop up, I'll do more research. Sometimes a chart or two come in handy, and so do timelines.
After it's all done, I of course go over it all again carefully to make sure all my added details fit in with the overall story quite logically. It's so much fun writing a book. Don't you think? -Corinne M