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What makes a good story? In my view, a quick start, jumping into the action fast, grabbing your readers attention, hanging onto it, and when you get to the end, finish it quickly!
Having a strong theme, and unforgettable characters is good. I want to read about characters I can identify with, they have to move me, and take me to somewhere I wasn't expecting to go - characters make story.
Do you plan exactly where you're going with your story? Is everything worked out before you begin tapping those keys? I'm the sort of writer who gallops off with very little idea, perhaps I've been given a single word to stimulate an idea, or I've seen something, or overheard a conversation, I'm quite impulsive, and happy to see where the story leads me. Reckless perhaps?
Maybe you work out the beginning and ending, and leave the middle to take care of itself? Or do you plan every detail before you begin? After all it gives you confidence when you know where you're going. You probably won't stray from your idea, and you'll know your characters before you begin. Is this how you work?
It seems a little too technical to me, and I wouldn't have half as much fun if I knew what was going to happen, but then my 'seat of the pants' method is probably why I have so much editing...
Do share with me how you plan your stories.