I keep running into writing courses that say that plotting stories makes the writing go faster. What I'm finding with my own writing is that it's doing the opposite! I don't think this is because I'm not used to the plotting process yet, I think this is because my creative process is heavily influenced by the performing arts training I've had.
The acting and dance training in particular have given me a solid foundation in story, and I've been sensitive to the structure of books, music, dance, and film since I started training as a child.
Since I've got this deeply ingrained idea of story in my creative process, when I pants something I've got pretty good instincts about what to do and what needs to go where. When I try to write to an outline, I find myself trying to figure out how to make the story go where the outline says instead of just writing.
So ditch the outline! I hear you say. Well, yes, I could do that, and I know that most plotters tweak their outlines as they go, but I start needing to ditch the outline in scene 1. In which case, what was the point of outlining at all? lol
I do like coming up with story sentences/premises. That helps me narrow my focus while I'm writing, but the rest of it? The jury is still out...