I started writing a fantasy novel a good ten years ago. I worked on it at various points in my life, but after a while I was mostly pursuing other endeavors. Now I am in the mood to work on it again, and perhaps make some serious headway on it. I'm not quite sure how I should proceed with it though, and I was wondering if folks had any good thoughts to share about the writing process for such a sizable piece. See when I first started on it I had literally no idea what it was going to be about. I just started writing some scenes. They started taking form, and I just built more and more, expanding more of the story, expanding more of the world, slowly building up the plot. Actually it would be hard to say that I was building a plot; the writing was really bad because I didn't have a concrete direction. But eventually I did get to a story that I really liked, and I started to build that. It's actually been really fun to write this way because I simply don't know where things will go next. I am just as surprised as any reader to see where my story goes next. But I wonder if I can really keep going like this. I have honestly no idea what is going to happen in this book; I don't have a plan for a climax or a resolution. To be honest, I'm still not completely sure what I am building toward; I'm not certain what the real danger is and what the real conflict is that threatens my characters. I've got a number of different tangents, some are converging, some are not. Maybe I could keep writing this way, maybe I could just keep building things until I have something that looks like a structure, and then start carving it away and refining it into something worthwhile. But maybe I should stop with this childish method and build the larger scale of the story, and then work to fill that. But even as I say that, I just don't know how, because that's not something I've ever worked on before. I'm not really sure what works best; certainly there's a strong element of "what works best for you" but I'm not really sure what processes are out there. I've never heard anyone talk about how you go about writing a whole novel, so I just don't know how I should be approaching this. So that's why I'm wondering what thoughts people have about writing a long-form story like this. How can I make this?