I'm surprised there's not already a thread about this. Are you a plotter, a pantser, or some ungodly combination of the two? This isn't about which is better. It's about what style works for you, although I think it would be nifty if we also list how much we've actually written. As for me, I've only done a half dozen short stories, none published. Most of them are pantsed, but I've half-pantsed my way through a couple. Trust me, it's not as horrific as it sounds. I sometimes make lists that include a couple of vague ideas for a scene (Bob confronts his mother) and some fragments of the scene that evoke a mood for me (Bob's old mother has trembling hands). I usually have an end in mind and spend my time wandering toward that conclusion. How do you go about your writing? Freudian Slip? Instead of "conclusion" I first wrote "confusion." Hah!