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Since I already discussed first drafts in a previous post, let me take a moment to talk about another aspect of writing: brainstorming and planning.
Personally, I brainstorm by talking to close friends or a stranger about some parts of my story that I haven’t figured out like the setting and the main villain. I tend to record the most important stuff from the conversation so I don’t have to go back and scroll through a ton of messages.
In regards to planning, I used to plan my story using the traditional method of writing a summary and moving on from there. This method didn’t always work out for me and my stories, causing me to abandon some of my ongoing novel projects. I still write summaries, but my close friends convinced me to try different methods.
How do you all brainstorm and plan your stories? Is there a specific “recipe” you follow?