I've heard lots of people discuss how they write their novels. Some are "fly by the seat of their pants"ers, and some are meticulous planners, even to the point of doing 20+ pages outlines, complete with encyclopedia of world-building and character sketches.
For my first novel, I scribbled many pages of ideas, let them congeal into a single unified world, wrote a page and a half of chapter sypnopses, and opened up the laptop.
It was interesting to see my characters (or me? still not sure) move the plot around. They sure did a lot of boring stuff I had to cut out.
For my second novel, I did months of research because it was an historical novel, and this time the outline was two pages. Needless to say, the characters changed, the plot changed, and I interwove subplots and twists after the first draft.
For number three, I'm planning my pantsers off. Thick outlines, characters sketches, and weird bubble plans for plot and subplot twists. I'm tired just thinking about it.
So...who's a pantser, and who's a planner?