In general, I tend to work quite slowly. Dialgoue might flow easily, but then I have to smooth all of the details that bring a story to life with action, description and movement. That’s why I’m just a bit surprised to discover that I’m about 5600 in. The first chapter is fairly polished. The second has a few rough patches. Then the rest of the words from Chapter 3 and Chapter 5 are the mere scraps of scenes.
Chapter 5, but no Chapter 4? Well, I was doing a bit of outlining and suddenly a big argument between two characters erupted. I felt like I was taking dictation. For the most part, I tend to work sequentially. I like to know exactly what happens before moving on, but I had pretty much “set the table” for this confrontation in advance.