The past week, I have been in on a few discussions with other writers on their writing style. Do you do an outline first? Do you just sit down and start writing?
I am a "by the seat of my pants" writer. I have an idea in mind, and I hit the keyboard running. I let the story unfold as it enters and leaves my mind. I have an idea where I think its headed, but I usually just start telling it. After a few chapters, I will then go back and re-read and add and delete stuff as I see fit. Occasionally an idea will appear out of nowhere, and I will have to run to the Mac and add it, or tweak something I have already written. I tried coming up with an outline, but at the end of it all, I just wanted to write the story. I know when I taught English, I would tell my students to just let the story flow. Don't worry about spelling, and details. Just write. And that's what works for me.