I find this a most interesting question and I would love to read your answers. Do you plan the whole book, chapter by chapter, before the actual writing starts? Do you do all your research first? Or do you “go with the flow”?
Surprisingly, I am very much the “go with the flow” type when it comes to writing. I say surprisingly, because the people who know me will tell you that I tend to be a planner. Not when I write. I only have the seed of my story dancing around in my head when I first sit down and start my computer. And that embryo grows and grows, eventually turning into a manuscript, stretching into territories I did not even realise existed.
This week, I will start my second novel. I know in which countries and eras it will be set. As it is Book Two of a trilogy, some of the characters are very familiar to me, of course. Still, I am certain they will surprise me again. I know how the brand new story starts. Or, more precisely, the opening scene has been unfolding fairly vividly in my mind for a while now. That is about it. I took the opportunity of a trip last year to do some research, but I will be doing most of it as I progress. Only the names of two new protagonists have been chosen so far and I look forward to others joining them soon.
The blank page does not scare me. On the contrary, it fills me with excitement. I cannot wait to type “Chapter One” tomorrow.