We're all very different types of writers. Some of us punch out 120,000 words every few months and write several novels, others can't get past the planning phase. Others think, some do, what about you? During WW1 it was said of Tolkien that he spent a lot of free time "escaping" to the world he had created for LOTR. He had his own languages, maps, battles, history. He created a whole world of lore that was left in his wake. It's surprising to find, as you will if you read "Tolkien and the Great War" by John Garth, that he developed such a rich world whilst simultaniously fighting a horrid war in the trenches. On the other hand, Hunter S Thompson was a brutal realist. When he wanted to write about the Hells Angels, he joined them. His books were based off a few scraps of note and were mostly written during long strides of time where Hunter would do nothing but. It is said he had completed a few of his books in as little as two weeks. Of course he was a journalist, and most would assume they'd check facts, have piles of paper scattered around. Not with Hunter, he remembered things, gave his experiences with all the details his fully automatic brain spat out, but he never bothered with written outlines or anything of that nature. So, how do you write? Are you obsessed with outlines in fiction? Do you spend a lot of time drawing maps and inventing races of people, or do you just write what comes to mind? What type of writer are you and why has it worked? What if it isn't working? How do you deal?