I'm wondering how other people form their stories.... the way i write is strange i think... i get an idea. and then i start... usually with no preparation at all... once i have that initial idea, i make up most of it as i go along... the length of my preparation is only about a page forward of where i'm writing. this way of writing can get annoying as usually i hit a road block and i have to leave the story for a while until i get a brainwave of where i should take it. it also means a lot of backtracking and filling bits in so it all makes logical sense. it should be easier if i plan it right? plan the whole story out... before i even start writing it?? i tried that once... initially it worked well but i soon found that as i went along with the actual writing, i'd diverged so far off path, that the plot line i'd made was almost unrecognizable. the problem is... i get most of my ideas while i'm writing. they're nearly all spur of the moment. half way through writing a sentence i'll think "wouldn't it be awesome if i did that instead...?" and that lights up all these different possibilities... which in turn light up more.. and so on.... anyways, enough with what i do... i want you all to tell me that its right or wrong, or neither. tell me how your form your ideas/inspiration and how you pull the plot strings together. is there any hard and fast way to do it? cheers, jamie.