I love the creating process.
When I start a new project, I first draw a map. I'm a fantasy writer, so being able to see my world is a must. How can you create characters without first having a world to put them on? I do usually have a type of character or story in mind before I create said map, but that character or story is no more than a type until that map has been drawn out. (Don't ever ask to see my maps. I can't actually draw, but my maps do the job as best they can. *grin*) After drawing my map, I move on to the basics: creating the religion, magic, weather, geography, animals, cultures, economics, government, etc. Then, I start choosing specific names for specific places on my map and main characters.
Here is where I must plug one of my absolutely most favorite sites.Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds If you are a writer, especially of fantasy and science fiction, you must save this site and refer to it when creating any new story. It saves on the time you have to spend going back and re-writing because you forgot to take into account some really important aspect for your story's world to even exist. I am sure they have a book out there with this info in it, but this site is free and much more convenient for me.
After checking to make sure I have answered all the why, when, where, and how's, I outline.
Yep *grin*, sure did. It's true. I outline. I know where I'm going, why, and how long before I start typing the first word of the first draft. It's just how my brain likes to work and I find that it keeps me from going off on a tangent, rewriting more times than I would have already, and wasting my valuable time.
I am so excited about my newest project, but I am forcing myself to give the other attention, also. After-all, it is the one that I pitched to an editor, and then submitted to said editor all of 10 days ago(yeah, I'm counting...what of it?*wink*) There are always more revisions, right?! Every time I look at it, I find something else that I need to fix. If I'd leave the new project alone, I'd have this one done in a snap.
And I tell you all of this simply to say, that I am going crazy while in submission limbo and trying to keep my mind occupied by my projects, but it's only working a little.