Ronda asked: "I'm curious. Do you outline first, or start writing as it comes?"
Well, it really all depends.
When I'm writing a historical, I always have a timeline in front of me so I can keep track of when the war started and when the certain battle took place, etc. That is the only thing that's set in stone, because you can't diverge too far from actual history. (Although I keep trying.) I have never sat down and done a complete outline because things just don't go the way I first envision them. Characters behave in ways I never thought they would -- ornery things! I tried for three weeks to make one character fall in love with the other guy, and she simply would not do it. Finally I had to rewrite the whole book, and then she was happy.
As I'm thinking things through, I make notes to remind myself what I decided to do. But as far as a chapter-by-chapter outline, no, I never have.
There are a lot of authors who find that an outline really works for them. But I'm more of what is known as an "organic" writer, which means that I feel my way through with my gut. I always know basically how I want the story to go, but then I have to sit back and watch as it takes on a life of its own. I can either fight it or go with the flow, and I've learned that if I fight, it's just a waste of time. I'll end up losing anyway.