How do you folks write? I know a lot of authors meticulously outline a book chapter by chapter. I use to do that but I found that as I got better, it had very little value and a waste of time. Now I'm at the point where I generally have a beginning, middle and end and go with it. As I move through the book, I let the story dictate where I need to go. I had this discussion with Robert B. Parker and he said he doesn't even have that. He has an idea like "Spenser looks for a missing pot of gold" and starts writing. At his level, I'm sure he has a ghost writer filling in a lot of the story as he cranks out five books a year.