Right now, I'm working on a story as practice for a "bigger" book. I want to eventually publish it as well. So I want my "practice" book to be good too. Some of the things I'm doing are: jotting down ideas in brainstorming files, making a very generic character sheet, and creating an outline. I want to use the outline to help develop the plot (and the outline will be based on my brain storming ideas). What are some of your thoughts on using an outline to develop your story? Here's my thought on an outline: when I was in college, I used to have to write several essays. I found that when I had a detailed outline, I wrote way better. For some reason, if I don't need to know the skeleton as much when I'm writing, I can build the muscles and skin way better. It seems to take away a bit of anxiety for me. Has anyone had this experience?