When you begin writing, how much of the story do you have planned out? Do you leave things open to figure out later, or do you have everything planned?
From my experience I’d recommend finding a idea / story you want to write and write down as much as possible before you start to make a story on episode and code it . It makes it a lot easier because it’s all planned and all you have to do is code it and not have to code and come up with it on the spot and possible hit writers block 1,000 times .
IMO you don’t need everything planned out in detail to get started, but you do need to have a general idea of what you want to write and how you want to end your story.
It’s a lot easier to write a story if you know how it will end, even if you’ve only got a vague idea for the ending. If you know how you’d like to start your story and how you’d like to end it (or end the first book) then you’ll have an easier time figuring out how to get from point A to point B.
Just a side note...
(I’m not talking about the intro, simply talking about what life is like for your characters before the story takes place.)
Of course, this is different for every writer. Some prefer to have everything planned out, while others prefer to go with the flow. (Plotters VS Pantsers essentially.)
From my own experiences, I’m definitely a planner. I tried writing a story back in 2020; the story had no direction, no plot points, and no stakes. I ditched that project not that long after starting it and ended up deleting the entire thing after a year.
Not entirely related, but wanted to share!
If there’s one thing I want to share is that I don’t recommend deleting old projects, because as embarrassing as it can be to read them, they’re a great reminder of how much you can improve and grow as a writer.
I’d say it’s pretty important to not worry too much about how you plan out your story; what might work for others won’t always work for you. Take the time to see what works best for you and stick to it. : )