To kind of treat a novel like your building a house. First I usually make a frame, an outline of a story where I have significant events mapped out, then I do a "quick draft" type of thing where I get into barely any detail (which for me is a LOT of detail, i tend to have to cut it out i use so much of it). The quick draft isn't actually a quick process, its basically a first draft, I use an outline type of thing to build the story around it and constantly add on new material as I go. After this I usually revise, just sift through, organize things, get punctuation, make sure everything flows smooth, and sift out loopholes or just crappy sentences, ideas, etc. After some amount of that and peer review I submit it to whatever. I was just curious to see how you guys react to a "the story is already completed in my mind" approach.