I'm 20, 21 in November and a few years back I had this fantasy dream that when I woke up I remembered every detail. It was so good that I had I repeated it over and over again in my head for days and before I slept I would walk myself through it, longing for my dream-state to show me what happens next. It did not, but I wasn't sad for that because it left my mind wandering on the many paths this little girl with her tiger companion traveled. Fast forward a few years and my life has led me through hard times and living in a place where I cannot dive into the entertainment and time filling place called the internet. So I sat there, without the books I left behind, without access to that place that filled my time with joy, sadness and hope (internet) I began to think, "What can I do?". It was then that I remembered that dream and the other dreams that were just as vivid and moving and I began to mold them, tweak them into coalescing into one story and thus a world came into mind. A fictional, magical world with many characters, plots and reasons. At first I had thought, what if I create a story that transcends the limitation of one book and is told from different viewpoints per book; so once you've read from one viewpoint, you would know the beginning and end from say, person A's viewpoint and reasons with some crossovers of characters. Now let's go to another book and from person B's viewpoint you would know the beginning and end of the main story, but person B's story would be different as that person travels down a different path. I soon decided to delay that idea for another scenario that would fit that type of writing and regress back to a multitude of books for many characters and plots. So I started. I'm now at sixteen thousand words of my first draft and I have realized that the feeling is alike the stories where some tragedy happens and then somehow the heroes and heroines all manage to survive in the definite end. Whereas there is nothing wrong with that and I enjoy those stories, I want my story to have a sense of what Game Of Thrones is. Every character has the possibility of death; the world is very real and dangerous and reasons for close escapes and brushes with death are rare or very thought out with logical reasons (for that world) for why that character survived or escaped. So each time I skim through the story in my head, or inspirations from loads of the various anime I watch and the stories the writers create for them alongside movies as well, my mind adds new ideas that change the story. It's gotten to the point where I don't feel I can write without some part of the story becoming obsolete and then having to fill a gap which would then influence all the chapters before that. Now you know this, my question is this: How do you do line out the full plot when ideas keep making themselves known? How do you build characters? Do you write a full story and then play god with it? Do you create character pages? How do you define the rules for the world and magic? Do you use pen and paper to create charts where you know the relationships of each character or do you use software to create it? I'm not going to write anymore questions or create anymore as they should be sufficient for what I need. Thank you for reading through all this and or answering my questions or giving me advice.