So, I got a new Shiny New Idea. I attempted something I'd never attempted before.
I did a chapter-by-chapter outline. There are 21 pieces of paper, with a description of a chapter/scene on each.
I've done some basic stuff, but I've never done this much planning ahead. I know everything that'll ever happen in the story. And I am pleased.
About the story...welll, I've been playing with a certain idea for a while now. And then, yesterday, while I was in the library at the college (everyone knows libraries are magical places), I kept turning the idea over in my head.
I thought of a problem, I got on Monstropedia and found something else that would REALLY work and help with the problem. I got an idea.
So, last night, I printed out some of my unused writers' planning templates. I managed a summary of each chapter, and then a possible scene I wanted to add. I stayed up past midnight, maybe to one a.m.
The story showed itself in a cause-and-effect. There were some parts I knew had to be in there, but I didn't know where I wanted to put it. So, I got to look at some individual parts and try the ideas in different orders.
I now understand the importance of planning. Now that I got it all planned, I haven't tried to write any of it. How shameful of me. I hope to start typing on it soon. I wrote an opening sentence yesterday, but I don't think it exists anymore...