I wrote my first novel "off the cuff", one chapter after the next with no real idea of how the story would play out until I had finished it. It was self-published on KOBO so a lot of people wouldn't really consider it written by a "writer" anyway. I look back on it and it certainly left a lot to be desired. I've been working on a sequel and some other ideas but I've been stuck for some time, with several projects started but not completed. Now I have an idea I'm enthusiastic about. This time I've been using "Scrivener" to plan the characters, the locations and the plot. The novel is developing in my head. I often wake at 5 or 6 am with ideas and I add it to the outline. But apart from writing notes on the main characters and the plot I haven't actually written a word of the novel yet. OCD is something that I've had to struggle with over the years. I tend to get obsessed over minor details, and although it has never ruled my life, I wonder if I am just avoiding writing by obsessing over the details. Nevertheless I think this is a better way for me to write a novel. I feel intuitively that I should have a good idea of the synopsis of each chapter before writing a word. But how much planning do you do before you actually start writing?