|Yeah. Good enough.|
What pre-novel planning I do do typically consists of:
- character sheets for the main character(s) and any important minor characters
- selecting character models or play-bys for said characters to help visualize
- a brief plot synopsis that covers the gist of the story (while being deliberately vague)
This is all done.
In addition to these things, I've also come up with a title through a lengthy process of writing down lots and lots of titles because apparently I like coming up with them more than committing to one. I've even gone as far as to make a faux cover for the book. I like to think all this creative preparation helps keep me engaged with the story idea, which is especially important until I can begin getting the words down on the page.
The only downside to being so thoroughly prepared, by my own standards, is that I don't have anything else to do for the next three days, leaving me champing quite vigorously on the proverbial bit.
Which leaves me to ask the question: what do you do to prepare yourself for writing a novel, and how far in advance do you start planning?