For me, it’s all about the flow of my writing process. It’s what keeps me in line, on track, and maximizes my productivity.
In terms of basic overall development of a project, like any good process, each step has a purpose and influences the development of the next step.
When I start a project, there are a couple of folders or categories that I always set up which I feel cover most, if not all, of the elements one would need to create the World of the story.
I use: Races, Organizations, Locations, World, Items, Weapons, Vehicles, Sciences, Technology, Soundtrack.
As I develop elements for the story, I store them in the categories, and when I feel that I’m nearing the end of developing a project, I’ll scan through each category to see if there is anything that may need development that I may have overlooked. The categories are good reminders as to what needs to be created for a story.
In terms of each step influencing the development of the next, I have created a flow chart to better illustrate the flow of my process.
Basically, Character Development influences Story Development influences World Development. This is my process for both Scripts and Novels. I Just substitute Sequences for Chapters and Screenplay for Manuscript.
Obviously, I’m a big time plotter, but what is the flow of your writing process?