I have been using a method of story development that I think is beneficial, but I've never really shared the process with anyone before. So I was hoping to get some feedback on this process. It goes like this: I start with a general overview of what the story will be, breaking it down into composition, crisis, and climax (I personally try to leave the conclusion out of this process). Next, I'll start to form the sections (chapters or scenes) by writing a series of concise (<- important point) sentences that lay out the feel of that moment in the story. What I'm left with is 5 - 10 lines of information set in sections realtive to the path of the story. For example (from a story I'm developing); Scene 2 - Alexander Ward relaxes with his buddy Johnny Mack. - They trade barbs and drink beers in a local bar. - Alex spends time with his girlfriend Connie Thomas. - Their relationship has all but run it's course. - They care about each other but they don't have much in common anymore. My feeling is that it gives me a roadmap to help me stay the course during the process but I've wondered if maybe the analogy isn't exactly correct. Maybe writers should hit the road sans maps. Any thoughts on the subject?