Hello everyone, I've tried several times in the past writing without planning or with minimal planning. I've done this several times. It has never worked out, and I've almost always hated what was produced. Now I have been outlining what I want to be the first installment of a long space opera (the ideas of which have been percolating in my mind for several years). I've been using the so-called "snowflake" method (kind of), since it was a very simple step-by-step guideline to follow. One of my main problems is I have clinical obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I tend to obsess over details. I suppose this can be good when you are trying to create an awe-inspiring post-Earth universe, but it can also make the process painfully slow. Especially the world-building and meticulous attention to every minor detail so as to make all elements of the story seem realistic. For instance, I've spent 2 whole years planning the alien races in my story. Anyways I was wondering if anyone can relate to this. Also what advice do you have? Is there such a thing as over-planning, even with genres that are inherently very large scope?