So because I've never properly written a story before, and the only times I've really found myself using Microsoft Word to its creative peak was in university assignments, I've always been a tiny bit clueless on how to get a good brainstorming table going. I've tried to use a similar technique to structure out chapters as when I was writing boring reports, I know that sounds silly but I'll explain. Say I want a story to follow the main character through his life and all the different chapters take place at a different age, I have 8 'chapters' which randomly increase in age up to 40. Between each chapter I have 9 bullet points which are brainstorming ideas for each mini chapter (9 mini chapters make up one chapter). So it's like this, basically: Chapter One Mini-Chapter One Mini-chapter Two Mini-chapter Three Mini-chapter Four Mini-chapter Five Mini-chapter Six Mini-chapter Seven Mini-chapter Eight Mini-chapter Nine Chapter Two Mini-chapter One Etc Etc It's a bit messy but I don't know any other methods, and I just don't want to end up writing a really short story someone will likely end up devouring within the week. Is there any easier way of doing this or am I doing just fine?