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JimTK
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Yes, an interesting – and moot point. In my case it’s a danger to overplan because I would be just procrastinating about actually starting the writing process. Planning for me is a way of avoiding doing! However, I take your point that we must plan to some extent.
After many hours of thinking about ideas, jotting snippets down, structuring stories etc…I have come to the conclusion that all I need is to know how things start and how things end and what is the main thing I want to convey/say. Is my story thematic or do I just want to create a good, credible character and a describe a scene or two for that character to do its thing? That’s enough to get me started.
I should add that I mainly work on short stories, I would imagine, you need a bit more structural planning for a novel but I’m not brave or ambitious enough to take on the work of such a project.