All authors are different. Some outline before writing their books, some write-as-they-go, use plot skeletons, etc. There are many fun ways authors have planned their books. Robin Jones Gunn (author of the Christy Miller series) says before she starts writing she cuts people out of magazines and ask them what they want. She glues their pictures in a certain binder and works with her characters that way. Eventually the storyline creates itself. What do you do? Do you have a special formula for creating the perfect story, or do you just let the story flow as you type?
Some other questions to answer: Do you create a playlist for your novel? Do you research scenery or symbols that relates to your story? How do you stay organized?
Comment below and read other's responses to get a few ideas. :)