When I worked at a hotel there was a writer that checked in twice a year and would stay for two weeks. Shad Hemlstetter. He writes motivational books like What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. He told me that when he's not at the hotel he's home fleshing out ideas and making outlines. He would check into the hotel for those two weeks and walk around the hotel room talking to himself with the tape recorder on. His wife would type this stuff up and the revising would begin. He said at the end of the two weeks he'd have a good manuscript - clean and error free to submit to his publisher.
Former Chocolate Editor. Also known as Daisybun.