Hey, so, I'm pretty sure this goes in Character development. I'm doing a re-write on a story I did when I was younger. Younger, as in really really young. I've decided to map out the characters first and I was wondering a few things. 1) Is it better to map out (Plan, brainstorm, ect.) the actual story first? 2) Is this (will put the basic structure of my first character's planning below) a good way to plan? A little quick backstory, so this'll make a bit more sense. I've changed the make-up of a vampire for this. There are five stages, Human, Apprentice, Full-Blood, Lord, and Rebirth. Vampires don't immediately burn up in the sun. When they enter Apprenticeship, they grow weaker in the sun. Full-Bloods can stay in the sun for a few hours. Lords can stay in the sun for a few minutes. As Full-Bloods become stronger they can stay longer. First Name: Kaim Last Name: N/A Race (There are more than just vampires): Vampire Current Stage: Full-Blood Lives (If they've gone through a rebirth it's higher than one): 1 Bio: A boastful young man thrown into prison and forced to participate in gladiator matches. He slashed and bashed his way to fame and was soon released, just to become a professional gladiator. Shortly after he was turned into a vampire-apprentice by Eve, mother of all creatures of the night (vampires). He was sent to fall off of the world, landing at, what is now known as, The United States of America. An old Native American Chief welcomed him into their tribe. He spent two years, hunting with them and learning their ways. Eve arrived with a troupe of werewolves and vampires after. The tribe was assaulted for three days and nights before falling in battle. After defeating the Chief, Eve met Kaim in battle, who managed to gain the upper-hand, forcing the remaining attackers to retreat. Obeying the Chief's last request, Kaim drank the blood of the dying man, absorbing a small amount of his soul. After burying all of the fallen tribe and performing final rights for them, Kaim began walking. Weakened by the sun, days later, the young Apprentice, on the brink of becoming a Full-Blood, crawled into a small cave. He emerged four months later, a full-blood. He soon found out a war had broken out between vampires trying to conquer the Native's land. I'm going to cut it there, but it goes on, bringing it to just before the book begins. I'm not looking for tips on the choppy story in the bio, this is just for my reference. I'm just wondering if this is a good way to plan. Any help is greatly, appreciated.