Lots of people approach writing in different ways. Some people are ‘Pantsters’, writing by the seat of their pants – simply deciding what happens, and what to write as they go along. Other people, myself included, are ‘Planners’, building and creating a specific story plan that details the plot and various plot events before sitting down to write. Both of these approaches are good, practical, and – if properly selected – effective.
For those who prefer to plan their stories before they start at the beginning, there are a number of different methods or techniques for building an initial plot. Just ask Chuck Wendig.
Below, I have linked to a few of the most common/popular methods that I have come across, with details on how to use each form. Simply click on the image to read more about each technique.