Patchwork Plotting: My Awful Process of Writing a Draft

The biggest takeaway of this approach is that the story is never about these strands--no matter how pretty they become--and it is about weaving all of them into the story you envisioned. Writers who become enamored by the color of the thread run the risk of tying a knot in their story that they can't unravel unless they cut it out completely...

Finding Ideas during Pre-Writing

It should be noted that though this is how I am currently planning my next manuscript, I have tried quite a few methods ranging from just putting my fingers to the keyboard to writing a 30,000 word reference document before I even started the rough draft. More than likely, there will be bits of my prewriting that will change, so I'd love to hear about your guys's process in the comments.