However, I will say that her talk was all about the value of pre-writing time. She suggests using this time to really get to know your characters and their world very well, and that the better you know them, the fewer plotting decisions you'll have to make. What happens will feel inevitable.
And this was my favourite takeaway quote.
Writing a novel is like driving at night. You can only see as far ahead as the headlights show you, but you can make a whole trip that way.