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I think you'll find there's no one "correct" way (or two ways, or three, or ten). Everybody figures out what works for them. There are many ways to balance between outlining and improvising, including: Writing an outline as a starting point, then feeling free to diverge from it, to the point that the final product bears no resemblance to the outline. ...
So far this has veered into a plotter/pantser debate, with pantsers expressing their disagreement over plotting instead of trying to answer the Q. Plotting will make you think up a story. It will be constructed, flat, stereotypical. That is just bad writing, plotting is not to blame, the writer is. The other side of that coin is pantsers whose story ...
Personally, all my "planning" is limited to finding the beginning of my story, the situation that triggers all the following events, and then I just follow my characters, observing and noting down what they do. This exploration is what excites me as a writer and my sole motivation to write. I have written one story, where I knew some of the waypoints that ...
Plotist is not exactly what you are looking for, but it's worth having a look. It's a timeline application aimed at writers, where you can create your notes about characters and locations and use them to create a timeline. I'm the main developer and it's currently under development, but we are already sending invitations to try it.
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