Most Helpful Guys
Not necessarily. It would help in the long run, but the important thing is to not rush it. Every time you rush, it reads fairly obviously so. Some people can pop out a 'meh' novel in under a year, but some of the arguably best novels have taken many years to plan and publish.
Whenever I'm stuck on story, I go straight to world-building instead. I keep a sort of glossary or even encyclopaedia (I think in the film industry they would call it a 'bible') that I can use as references for consistency. A lot of it contains in-progress or finished story themes, all marked appropriately.
Of course, that really adds a shitload of time to development, but really it's what you're comfortable doing.
Perhaps you could read novels, novellas, or play video games that are big on story or watch films for inspiration.0
Stephen King apparently managed to do his writing without an outline but in my opinion that's both the strength and weakness of his approach. The approach doesn't hold up as well when it scales to an epic novel spanning hundreds to thousands of pages in my opinion. I think he does his finest work with short stories where you can get away a bit more by winging it while keeping everything tidy and without losing focus.1
Most Helpful Girls
No, I never know what I’m writing until I go back and read what I wrote. I personally hear the story in my head as I’m writing and just write it the way my characters tell me to. I never know how their story is going to turn out and I’m as surprised as the reader. Sure, I go back and edit stuff after, but what I write is just coming from the imaginary lips of my characters.2
A writer should have an idea how the story will unfold. They tend to constantly jot down ideas. Writers usually do a lot of in-depth research prior to writing a book. They have generally have an ideas of the beginning,
middle and end of the story0