My time in school for English classes were never a good time for me. For the most part I never really could get into what was being taught. For the most part I could never grasp the rules and the teaching methods felt like Greek to me. I recently found the reasons behind this.
I am not sure how they do it now but when I was a kid they had only one method for teaching students how to write. Outlining and planning out your narrative was the standard as well as the 5 paragraph essay. Of course, the 5 paragraph essay is easy, it is essentially the sing-song poem of prose. But to say that outlining and planning what you write is the only way to write never worked for me.
I heard the term discovery writer for the first time last week. The idea is the writer discovers what they are writing as they are writing it. The curse of this can be once you have discovered the story, it can lose interest for you so you no longer care to write it. This has been the majority of my life. I have so much that was started and then never finished (will most likely never be touched again). A day or so after learning about discovery writing I ran across the term "pantser." Again, it was a revalation. "Pantsers" fly by the seat of their pants when they write. They are the polar opposites of the planners (those who love and live by the outline and note cards).
This doesn't necessarily change anything in the grand scheme of the world. But when you learn that you aren't really alone, there are others like you it can be a bit uplifting. At the same time when have a base to work from you gain a bit more for your tool box when you approach your limitations. It also gives you a bit more freedom to explore a bit outside your comfort zone.
Where do you find yourself? Are you a pantser or a plotter?