My own process is more organic and chaotic, though it’s also contained and reliable. (I AM going to post some autobiographical process-porn soon. Really.)
That said, I really enjoyed watching this brief and engaging narrative about Dustin Lance Black’s screenwriting process. There are some gems in here that really resonated with me, including this quote:
A film is not what happened; a film is an impression of what happened.
You could easily substitute ‘novel’ for ‘film’ in that quotation, which is a succinct and clear way of gesturing towards my own theory about the relationship between story, plot and structure. (Again, more on that later!)
For now, watch the video. It’s good.