Wow, it's hard writing through the holidays. With the shopping and the cooking and cleaning and relatives and the more relatives there are a LOT of distractions. I don't know if other writers have this problem but the fact that I work at home means a lot of relatives figure I am always available to do this or that on demand. I guess shouldn't complain about having a job that lets me be very flexible with my time. It's just sometimes I do need to remind people that just because I home doesn't mean I am not working.
As for the writing I have no figured out I write in stages:
Stage 1: Thinking, thinking thinking: coming up with the plot and playing it out in my mind.
Stage 2: The outline this is a pretty complete start to finish of that plot.
Stage 3: Turning the outline into the story. Here's where I add dialog and start to flesh things out. Funny one things start to flesh out I realize the outline needs to change here and there. I then cascade those changes throughout the outline.
Stage 4: Detailed writing. When I am writing the story out at first I need to do it fast. I guess I want to put it on paper before I forget it. After I have it all out though I go back and add details. Then I add more details then more.
Stage 5: Editing. This is a tricky stage. I often read things the way they should be not the way they are. I find having my computer read my text back to me really helps.
Stage 6: More editing. This is the changing one or two words to find the best possible words to use in a given situation. I find this stage lasts until I find myself switching between the same two choices over and over. Once that happens it's time for others to see my work.
For now I am plugging away at Stage 3!