Hello everyone! My name is Alex Chase. This is my first post here on the CoG forums, but I’ve lurked for a month or two now. I’m a writer (obviously!) and as a kid I wrote my own choose-your-own-adventure books a ton. They were horrible, of course, but there was something just so fun about writing in that style. Now, as an adult, I’m super happy to find out that a site like this exists! I love the idea of taking those fun gamebooks and making them better written and more geared to an older audience.
So, my question for you all today is how do you map out your story when you start writing it? When I was younger, I would just get an idea and write away. Now I realize a lot of planning is probably necessary. My own ideas have been to make a huge flowchart of decisions, a simplified decision tree for major branches/endings, and a branching outline for each part of the book. Does anyone have some awesome techniques they’d like to share?
I’m going to start planning out my book now, and I’ll let you all know what route I end up taking! I’ll be checking back in this thread frequently… if anyone has any awesome ideas, I’d love to steal 'em!