I was wondering.... if it's acceptable to just write the story as you go along? That's what I do with mostly everything and I have so much fun, but it stresses me out whenever I have to and try to plan the thing out. I see all these guide posts on how to plan it and make it special and I just feel cheap.
Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to create your plot as you write. Since you are writing for fun, I do not see a real reason to write out your plot except for perhaps convenience sake. All of those guide posts are talking about the necessity of having your plot written out because of how difficult it can be to keep up with multiple characters or what happens next. When you have a large plot and multiple characters, organization is a must, hence the written out plot and detailed planning. But you don’t need to worry about that since you are writing for your own enjoyment. If, some day you would like to maybe publish your written work, I do suggest writing out your plot line and other things included in those posts because they will help your editing process go more smoothly.
Also, I’ll let you in on a little secret…I never wrote out my plot line for my books either. It’s all in my head and some stuff just sort of happened as I wrote. Some people plan out every last detail and some people just wing it. Either way works and either is fine, it’s entirely up to you and how your creative juices flow the best.
Finally, don’t ever think your writing is less special because you did not use a written out plot and plan. Your story is special because you came up with it. It does not matter how you came up with it because no one will remember your planning process, but they will remember your story. And, there is no right or wrong way to write, as long as you are putting words on the page.