My writing philosophy is very structure and I follow the Tolkien model of fantasy world building. Instead of merely writing a story and then building the world around it, I build my world with its history first and then write the story in this world. i feel that this give the world a larger field, and makes it feel more authentic.
Of course this model has its drawbacks as well. The biggest frustration is if you change one thing it effects so much. It effects the history, it effects the story, and it effects the whole world. You change something as small as a name and the ripple effect is huge and quite frankly difficult to keep continuity.
But these changes are worth it because I am excited that I have created an expansive beautiful world that I hope my readers will get lost in.
My next post will be on my first major writing slump.