I post stuff here on daily observations, but the most important thing going on in my life right now is working on our tiny homes book. By the time we get it out, it will have been 3 years in between major building books, the last having been Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008).
I watched a program on our local PBS station last week, an interview with 3 prominent mystery writers, including Elmore Leonard (master of tight prose). All talked about the process of writing a novel. None has a fixed idea, a worked-out plot, an outline beforehand. They start writing, and as they work on it, their characters take over, and the book gets created in the process -- not plotted out and/or outlined in advance.