Do I channel as an artist or designer?
Since I am also an artist I am well acquainted with the process, though in reality artists work as differently as writers.
My fiction writing is often like painting in that I do not always know where it will go. Sometimes, though, I have a story that I do know where it is supposed to go, but I do not know the path it will take to get there.
Most of my non-fiction though is fairly intentional, in your designer mode, though most of my life I have compared it to baking cookies where you first assemble ingredients and follow a process. (The results are almost always quite tasty.)
Thanks for the stimulating read.