This writing business is an interesting thing. I thought I used to write for a living. For twenty-five years I was a trial attorney, which means I did more writing that actual trialing, (made up word, I know, that's a prerogative of writers). So for twenty-five years I did technical writing with a persuasive bend to it. Writing fiction is completely different.
Before I would spend at least half my time, if not more, researching and outlining what I was going to write. I know a lot of fiction writers do the same style, that is, research and outline before the actual story goes down. But I'm doing it differently. We have created some great characters, and I'm just kind of letting these character find their way.