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i am not assuming anything
i merely observe that a sound writing method works for both fiction and non fiction.
and that planning works better than randomly writing to see what you come up with
similar methods work for artists who sketch the layout on a canvas before they start painting. musicians do better if they learn scales and music theory before they start playing random notes hoping to end up with a song. programmers do far better by sketching out the functions needed in their code before they start writing line one of actual code.
so far better to do that initial work with creative tools that are more efficient and more effective so as to save time and wasted effort.
the real question is the goal of the writer. everybody gets to define success for themselves. for many of us, we define it as maximising income for the effort expended.
many amateurs just want to play at being a writer and have no concern with word count, deadlines, genre, target audience, meshing with previous work, or the other practical considerations that professional writers have.
their natural mode is pantsing because they have no training or experience in using other methods. and in too many cases they dont even realise there are far better methods for them to use if only they had researched before starting to write at random.