I've been writing like crazy lately. I'm always writing, but first drafting is different. When I have a new idea, I become OBSESSED with it. I write sort of in a fugue. I can't sleep. I can barely think of anything else. I am constantly jotting down notes. It is an exhilirating time for me, because at this stage anything is possible. And I don't worry too much about making it perfect, just getting it down on paper. I recently told my critique group that I write fast and then I revise forever. I think that about sums up my process.
I also take notes on a plot diagram like the one we all learned in junior high.
The whole plot curve, with the rising action, climax, denouement. I don't know how much I stick to the plot curve, but I like to have it all planned out. I need to know where I'm going. I write for the end a lot of the time, not to say the end doesn't change. If that makes any sense.
Also, yes, I have the worst handwriting on earth.
How do you write?