OK - my hands are up - I admit it: I'm a research-geek kind of writer
I put the plan in planning:
1 plan to write - time allocated
2 plan the characters and setting - create photo wall and pen sketches in the working note book
3 plan the 14 to 20 chapters that will give me the story arc - depending on length/ target audience
4 plan the main events in bullet format - whole book (any sequal type information that occurs to me as I go along)
While I write? I have a card index for each character mentioned (main to merely visiting) which I add to while I'm going along. I hate continuity errors in things I read, see or (heaven forbid) write.
Name drop moment - an-author-of-my-acquaintance laughed at me (Thanks, Steve Feasey)
He inspired me to attempt to work slightly more off-the-cuff. I was light-headed at the thought; the desk I work at was less heavily ladened too.
Enter NaNoWriMo Challenge
I planned my character profiles - making sure I knew them from head to toe and inside out (including their preferred underware!)
Then I planned the start, middle and end - the desired outcomes for the book.
To increase my writer-ly skills (:-)) I decided to experiment with POV. While writing the book I alternated, one chapter at a time, writing from JJ's (public school boy)and Nerysa's (ex-navy SEAL, bodyguard) perspective.
NOW THAT NaNo is NoNo
Spending November writing from different points of view should help me write the complicated multi-layers of the non-ghost story I have planned. Adding space and time into the mix --- challenge much! Imagine how that looks in my planning format :)