So I've always wondered, how does a great writer plan our their novel? What are the methods they use? When I read a good book, I am amazed that every little thing seems to happen for a reason and the events build upon each other. I know this may sound trivial, but to me it seems overwhelming. How do you plan out a long novel with out bogging the story down with a lot of useless information? I've read to start from the end and work your way back, but I always seem to write my best when I just sit down and start writing. However, trying to make an organized story that lasts hundreds of pages out of that writing seems inefficient.