How do you write? What's your process? I think about this All. The. Time.
Mine, in a nutshell, as a disclaimer: tagline, back cover copy, synopsis-broken down into scenes, draft.
I'm thinking of adding a new fourth element, which would be to draft very lightly, basically tagless dialogue, pertinent description, and stage directions. Sometimes it seems a bit much when drafting, writing mellifluous description, giving everyone facial and body expressions, and snappy reparte all at once. It might be nice, having the bones of a plot, to just write out the musculature. It would certainly be easier to uncover discrepancies that need to be fixed, and plot issues. Then I could overlay the skin: description, internal narrative, showing instead of telling, etc.
But probably I'll just keep doing it the way I always have, which is to somewhere in between, a lean first draft (the most recent finished WIP came in at 70K words and needs to be around 90K) peppered with bouts of elaborate description and then dropping to stage directions, with nearly no internal narrative.
Plus, I have this book REVISING FICTION which has some interesting ideas in it for sure, like using big notecards to outline and order each scene from the first draft and make notes of what needs to be done. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it? To me, it's all work. Joyful, fun work, but there you are. The result is worth it, and it seems the closer I bring writing to feeling like actual work, the better I do, writing-wise and selling-wise.
Incidentally, I had an interesting Tarot spread the other night that basically was money vs creativity. There was more to it than that, but at the end I realized it's all a balance.
I'd like to find a way to be more efficient, though, for sure! Too many projects, too little time. And I write fulltime, too!
What's your process? How's it working for you?