I'm still learning a lot about my writing process.
I didn't like the process I went through with the book I just finished. I drafted during NaNoWriMo. I didn't have much of a plan, but these scenes between these characters just poured out of me. But at the end I didn't actually have a story, I just had 50,000+ words of scenes between these characters. I spent about a year and a half (off and on) after that completely re-writing the scenes and adding a plot to their story. Then I revised, revised, revised, adding more plot.
This was a headache. I didn't want to do this again. It took too long.
I decided this must mean I'm a plotter. I need to outline before hand so I don't spend so much time going back into my ms and adding in the plot after the fact. So much time will be saved! So many words would be saved!
So I tried that with this NaNoWriMo. I outlined. I plotted and when it came time to start the story...I froze. Nothing I outlined was really working. I tried and tried to stay on the outline, but the words just wouldn't come. Finishing NaNo was painful. I wanted to finish that draft after November, but I didn't think I would be able to make it into what I wanted it to be just yet (I have some ambitious goals for my MC, and I'm not sure I'm good enough to pull them off at this point), so I decided to let it simmer for awhile.
I decided to start a new ms. I outlined. I plotted. I started writing it and...eh. It was okay, but getting words out was difficult.
Then something popped in my head the other day and I opened a doc just to get it down, so I could go back to it when I was done with this thing I was working on. But things kept popping in my head, so I kept opening the doc and adding things. Then I was like, "Aw, hell, let me just type up this scene I thought of really quick." And before I knew what happened, I had a new Scrivener binder saved with notes and a scene. And now, only a few days later, I have close to 10K words written on this thing that came out of the blue and that I most definitely did not outline or plan.
So...is this how I do things? Because out of this 10K words there is only a shred of a plot, and nothing that could carry an entire book. Am I going to write 50K words of these characters having a conversation before I go back and add in something actually happening, like I did the first time? Is this going to take me eons to write because I have to keep going back and adding/figuring out plot?
DEAR GOD, IS THIS MY PROCESS?!
On one hand, I am sad to think that this is how I do things, because it's frustrating. On the other hand, I am loving the hell out of these characters, and, just like with the first one, the words are just pouring out. I'm thinking about the story non-stop, and I have that fluttery first love feeling in my stomach. I love both my NaNo idea and the other idea I outlined, but NOT LIKE THIS.
So I guess I'll just work on this like crazy and see where it takes me. Shoot...maybe I am a pantser after all.