For me I do the following. Look for inspiration: I read books, watch movies, watch people and talk to people. This gives me ideas for the Story. Invent a Story: I come up with a thought, emotion or a problem that I want to introduce to my readers. Story Devices: I come up with and event, place, and or time I will use to tell the story. Some times I come up with some characters here. Plot: I think of a beginning, middle and end for the story. Then I try to think of 3 major events that will mold or bring my reader to the story I am trying to tell. Write: Then I write it with intentions that all except for the story its self, are dynamic and subject to change. I was just wondering what other people do to write their stories? Every one has different techniques and I was wondering what you use for inspiration and flow.