It may be old school, but index cards and tape rank right at the top of my favorite way to outline. I can see my timeline, follow my character growth, track my plot, and remember the little things that popped into my mind all in one simple glance. The only problem is - it's not mobile.
I was joking to some fellow writers that I don't know what I'll do when I finally paint my study (FYI, we didn't pick the turquoise walls, those came with the house). While I thought it was a funny comment, it was met with blank stares. Finally, someone in my group said, "Why don't you use Scrivener?"
Why indeed. I'm usually the first adopt technology into a workflow. Why not in my outlining, too? So I decided to sign up for a trial and so far I'm impressed. I can still assign index cards, complete with cork-board background, and color-code my topics. And the best part is, it goes with me wherever I am. I'm having fun outlining the new school way.
Still, while I plan to continue using some kind of electronic outlining, my wall art method makes the whole project feel real. Seeing it all physically laid out makes it solid in my mind. I recently heard of a study that proved people who take notes in class on paper have a higher retention than those using laptops. I'm not going to start writing long-hand (although I know there are some hard-core writers out there who swear by it), but I think my paper outlines are one habit this old-school writer isn't going to break.
How do you outline?