A topic which has always interested me, is how and to what extent other writers plan their pieces before sitting down to begin the process of writing a first draft. I've done it many different ways in my past, and I typically try something new with every project. So how do you plan? I tend to fall on the end of the spectrum that plans obsessively for lengthier pieces of fiction. If I know I'm going to be spending a lot of time on a piece, I need to have a lot of things firmly established before I start writing. I spend days working on worldbuilding alone. For instance, the first two days of my summer vacation were spent drawing a map of the land in which my fantasy novel takes place, writing a description of how the system of magic would work, descriptions of job classes, and discussing the differences between the ranks and classes of the society. The second two days were spent developing a plot from start to finish. I have an extremely large dry erase board (i'd say it's about 3' x 5') which I drew a flow chart on showing the flow of events. Then I wrote scene cards for each of the events and added and changed things as I saw fit. Before I actually sit down to write I'll still do a ton of character building, and developing the landscape of my fantasy land. Nothing is so completely set in stone though that I'll refuse to go back and change it. So that's how I plan, I'm interested to see how all of you do.