What is your writing process?

With my friend Eric Gansworth
I take one of two paths when I am working on a book; I enter the story through character or I enter it through plot.

When I start with character, I meander around and write a lot of scenes that are eventually cut, but that helps me understand the background and motivations of the people in the story.

If I start with plot, the scenes are developed in a much more systematic fashion, but I keep a separate journal in which I develop my characters.