I've written a total of three stories in my life, all of them unfinished and all lacking something. I think I know what the problem is, I just need to fix it. I don't have a story structure nor an outline. When starting a story all I do is write a summary, reflect upon that summary for a while and then type. I suspect that's where I'm wrong. Some of my friends advised me to create a story outline. I don't know what that is, nor do I know how to construct one that is effective. I just want some pre-writing tips to help me on the new story I'm conducting. Things like settings, character, theme, plot etc. I want something to go on so that I feel I'm doing something right. My goal is to actually stick with this story and not wander off to something else. For instance I wrote five chapters of a horror themed story called "Shrouded In Darkness" but eventually dropped it because it started to become something different, something I didn't intend. Within this small thread I'm typing 'something' frequently, I think that's a sign that my writing as become disoriented.