I do a lot of prep work for my novels. I do an outline and extensive character and setting sketches, then I go back and expand my outline - then I begin to write.
It's a long process but when I have everything written down like that, I can focus on the book and nothing else. And I'm nearing the end of the process for this WIP.
As this is the first novel that I will be pursuing publishing for (meaning, its the first long writing piece I will honestly finish, edit, revise, etc). I have at least a few nearly finished manuscripts laying around but this is the first I think could go somewhere.
I have it on my to-do list that I begin really writing next Friday. Then you will get to see that ticker start moving up. I'm super excited to see it without a big 0%.