I have tried 2 different plot methods in the past. 1. an outline where I connect plot points from beginning to end all written in advance and 2. an intro with no direction that organically goes where ever it leads me. I can't say either one is better, but the second one gave me more creative freedom to make changes as the story was written. But the first one made sure I hit all the high points I wanted to cover. I guess it's like throwing darts at a dart board. Who knows what you're going to end up with. My next idea is to sit around with friends and have a group plot chain where we come up with the back bones of a story and I go home and flesh out the details. That way, since the story was created by committee, it has a better chance of being accepted by a more diverse group. I also write music and find the songs I collaborate with are better than the songs I create on my own.