I don't know about you, but my outlines aren't always helpful. Usually they'll just be constellations of skeletal dialogue, but I won't have any sense of how I need the lines run. At which point writing basically turns into Winchester Night at the Fan Fic Improv Club.
Like, Sam and Dean will be in the scene, and the outline will read:
reason to be angry
And then, for some god unknown reason, I JUST TRUST THEM TO SIMPLY BE LET LOOSE AND SAY SOMETHING USEFUL TO MY LARGER ENTERPRISE.
Which on some level is useful, because I honestly think the scenes where I just let them say whatever the want as I'm writing them tend to work better/come across as less stilted than scenes that I've taken too much time to imagine and construct beforehand.
On the other, ESPECIALLY for longer fics that have a plot they're supposed to be furthering, I just end up with a lot of non sequitur, or chaff, or scenes that don't actually match up with the scene that follows/has already been written.
For instance, the "reason to be angry" + "John" improv round--which you'd think would be pretty obviously cut-and-dry!! it's obvious how these cues would fit together!!--ended up with no one angry and Sam and Dean ultimately talking about Jess.
On one hand, I'm intrigued by this--like, well, tell me more, Sam and Dean! But I'm also just like, okay, seriously, what the fuck, guys.
(And even then, I have this lingering suspicion that a lot of this fic is Sam and Dean doing/saying/thinking things just because that's what I'd want them to do/say/think, and not because that's actually what they would do/say/think. And like, I think there's a place in the world for hyper-indulgent idfic! But I don't actually take pleasure in my id, no matter how much it thinks I should. I take greater pleasure in Sam and Dean actually being IC! /O\
I think Improv Night is my way of attempting to stave this off, but... I mean, either way, I'm still the one writing. XD)
Just for the fun of it, I found another one of those weird text summarizers/analyzers on the Internet and put the last two chapters I finished through it.
This one was a tone analyzer:
This, of course, must be taken with a grain of salt, because these are the chapters' angriest lines, apparently:
And this tone analyzer is so judgy!! XD This is the top result for "sentences that suggest a tone of disgust."
UM, EXCUSE YOU.
So you know what time it is, folks. I wanna know what wisdom the funny tone widget has to impart about YOUR WIPs!! ;P