Just thought this would be an interesting thread topic
How do you plan out your work: Character design, inspiration, Plot planning?
Personally I start with a composition book and just begin writing out the basic concepts of the story in a bullet point form, then I let the Ideas flow from there by making different sections devoted to things like world design, planing ideas, tone,Main and support character, and symbolism/references. I keep it on me at all times so i can jot down anything that comes to mind during the day.
During that whole process I basically ransack my bookshelves and house for any book that has anything even remotely relevant to what I'm doing and throw them all in a big pile on part of my desk(dvds are also fair game). Then whenever some free time I begin to organize and reread/skim through them flagging anything relevant as a go. I also keep an "Inspiration Log" to keep track of any fragments i come up with while going through them all.
One thing that i found interesting is that unlike a lot of web writers I don't like to use actors for the appearance of my characters. As geeky as it may be the main source of my characters appearance comes from Anime and Manga. I basically hodgepodge different characters appearances and mannerisms together to get a base template for how my characters look. I much preffer that because if I start associating a character with an existing person the character leans a little more towards being like that person. When it comes time for me to start publishing my story i'll either get a friend of mine to create the Character sketches or hire a web comic illustrator to do a one shot for me.
Anyone else want to share their pre-writting process?