Do you know your writing process?
This is how you write the story, revise it and get it ready for submission.
There are many ways to go about this--I know writers that are pantsers, sit down and write the rough draft beginning to end with only the barest of details.
There are writers who plot, plot, plot, have color coded index cards and detailed character sheets before they even start writing.
Some have a loose outline, and write only the scenes that come to mind.
I'm a mix, I have to have an idea of where I am going. I must really know my characters. Just as importantly, since I write urban fantasy, I have to get the world and the rules set up for it first.
Here is the kicker, I don't know of one writer that doesn't revise. There are a few out there, but I don't know them or they aren't saying. This is one of the most important parts of the process. This is where you dig deep, get that description, pull out the fresh writing, find out more about the characters.
The final part of the process is editing--for unpublished writers this is crucial. Many a manuscript has been over looked due to grammar errors (I really struggle with that) and other basic problems.
What is your process? Do you plot and then write it quickly? Do you take forever to write (that's me)? Do you need lots of brainstorming? How many times do you revise (this varies)? The trick is to KNOW your process so you can work within those confines to improve your writing.
If you're like me, its ever evolving. But, tell me your process, because I'd be interested to know.