I was just smiling over Holly Cupala's post on her revision. Chatting with authors the past nineteen years, I find there are two approaches to writing a novel. I believe it became apparent to me when I was speaking with Randy Powell.
The first is like Randy and Holly. They are like Michelangelo sculpting a large piece of marble.
They write many, many, many words (their blocks of stone) and then they begin to chisel. Tap, tap, tap. Until the story forms and stands before them.
Ah, a reason to post David. :~)
Then there are writers like me. We begin with the thinnest armature wire.
Photo by Studio Arts.
And we build layer upon layer. One word added at a time. One word, then another, and another. Until our sculpture is created like a Giacometti appears to have been formed.
What different processes! And yet both end in novels! So, which are you?