There are many different kinds of writers. I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like…And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it…I am much more a gardener than an architect. - George R. R. Martin

Before we get started, it is important to note George R. R. Martin’s nugget of wisdom up there. The planning process is a completely different animal from the rest of the experience of writing your story, and there is no right way to do it. This post endeavors to familiarize you with planning in general as well as some of the different types of planning processes and maybe figuring out which one can work for you.

Now let’s take a look at some of these planning processes.

There is no proper way to plan. The idea is that you find a way to develop and organize ideas that works for you. You might try some, all, or none of these ideas. You might not plan at all. Every writer is different. What matters is finding something that is going to make your writing better.

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