This is the first time I've tackled a novel from this direction. I've written the books first before. It's an organic process. I do know where I want to go. Usually I've got what amounts to a one-line pitch or a framework, which is what I did with Only The Dead, where I found inspiration in the Evanescence soundtrack "Fallen."
This time, however, I'm not even sure of the book title. I know it's about the clash of two cultures, the desperate struggle for freedom by a hidden third, the price of love and happiness balanced against the demands of family and honor. There are duels and double crosses, natural disasters and man-made catastrophes. And at least two battles. But no title.
Added at 2230:
Oops. I just realized that next up is a rewrite of "Mother of Exiles" for Ideomancer. I should hear back soon from the editor about the changes she wants.