So, first question: When developing your plot or story or outline, if that's your thing, do you know how the story ends before you start writing? By that I mean, do you know that Frodo et al destroy the ring, that Beowulf is killed by a dragon, or whatever your eventual end of the story is? To that end, do you even know what the middle is? Or do you start writing when the idea is "A group of hobbits/dwarves/elves/Gandalf have a cursed ring so they leave home to destroy it" or "A group of old friends is forced to leave their hometown and set off to figure out what the new regime is trying to hide"...even if you don't know the answers to those questions yourself? Or do you wait until you've outlined/figured out what your overall arch is before you put pen to paper (or fingers to keys)? I'm just curious how everyone else does it - I've never had a plot spring to mind fully formed, and I wonder if that's what keeps me from getting to an end with anything. (Edit, for clarity, because I know there is a similar thread about two threads down from me.... I'm not talking about people that begin without a way to wrap everything up at the end, I'm asking if anyone else begins with nothing but a beginning - nothing but that "Call to action" bit of a hero quest. The other thread seems more along the lines of "Who begins with the plot fully formed" vs "Who begins knowing only that Darth Vader is Luke's father at the end"...my question is "Who begins knowing that Luke's gonna leave his Uncle's Farm?") Oh, and the bonus content. When do you go back and do total overhauling rewrites of sections? When you know it needs to be done, or do you wait until that section is finished, or the whole story is finished, or do you go back and rewrite as needed?