Hi guys, so I posted here a bit ago about a rough idea I had for a new manuscript. That idea has since evolved, to the point where I do have a basic plot in mind. The problem now is ironing out the details, and working subplots into the mix. I also have it set in two different universes, and I'm wondering how much of the manuscript I should set in each 'world'. The basic plot of my manuscript is that there's a group of emotionally troubled kids in 'group therapy'. Unknown to them, one of the kids in their groups is a ghostly manifestation, stuck in a version of purgatory. In order to progress to the after life, the ghost must save three people from suicide. If you've seen my first post (http://www.writingforums.org/threads/developing-a-new-plot.132704/) you'll know that the main characters have powers associated with something they hate, something traumatic in their past. However I've decided not to have any of the characters attempt suicide, and rather have their powers develop when the 'ghost' character tires of using 'subtle' methods to complete his mission. At one point in the book, the main characters attempt to track down the 'ghost character' (who goes by the name Daniel) They dig up as much information about him as they can, and it leads them to an empty apartment that looks like its been sealed for months. Inside, there are some sort of symbols and sigils on the wall, and the main characters inadvertently end up in purgatory (oopsie) So I will have part of it set in the real world, and part of it in an 'after life'. I was wondering what techniques you use for getting the details of a story straight, and how you think I should divide up the word count dedicated to each world.