Once you have finished the initial outline to determine the direction you want to go in with your writing project, next you will decide what your expectations are for your project. Consider touching on some of the following for further creative guidance:
What are your goals for your writing project?
What is the purpose of your story?
How do you want the reader to feel as they read your story?
What does the piece set itself up to deliver?
Does it follow through, and is the reader satisfied at the end?
What do you want the readers to remember?
What makes your story memorable?
What is the main point you want the readers to understand from your story?
Now that you've gotten that out of the way, it's time for the planning and preparation stages. Understanding the relevance of your story and who you’re writing for will help you stay focused when you begin to get off track, which WILL happen!
Once you've narrowed down what you are going to talk about and why, start planning your project.
What will your book look like? (Will it be just one whole story or do you want a chapter book?)
Do you want to tell a short story or are you trying to put together a novel? This will make a difference in how much you have to write.
Do you have an idea of who your characters are?
There are some who would say, if you plan on writing a book, don’t plan out anything because you are limiting yourself to what you will write. Personally, I disagree. I plan out everything I do and it helps me. Even though I planned it out, I still recognize that I can change my mind at any time, which will change the course of my project. Anything that comes to mind I write it down because
1. I don’t want to lose track of what I’m writing by trying to rationalize everything.
2. Anything I write can be used later on down the line in another project.
With that being said, there are also times where I will get so wrapped up in what I’m writing that I may forget the initial point I was trying to make or the purpose of my project. That is where the planning comes into play. It can help me regain my focus and remind me of who I am trying to reach and why.