I know we've touched on this in other threads, from time to time, and even talked around the edges of it in some threads, but I'm not sure if we got very far into the nitty gritty of the process used to sort out the plot. This is really only for those who complete the story before they post it, simply because those who post as they write tend to sort the plot our as they go, except for those who lose the plot along the way.
In general, I come up with an idea for a story, outline the main plot about where I want it to go, and get writing. While writing I fill in the details, the dialogue, and will sometime add new sub-plots. However, between when I layout the story outline and get writing there's a heck of a lot of time spent researching things for the story: locations, how things work, societies, etc. When that's done to the best point I can reach I start writing the story. Now, this is where I sometimes have issues, like:
1. Characters insert the own behaviours and attitudes into the story, especially about sub-plots and interactions with other characters.
2. I come up with additional sub-plots and have to work at fitting them in properly.
3. A sub-plot heads off into a different direction than initially intended for some reason - usually because it seems to offer more for the story at a later point.
4. I hit a wall about how to write a particular scene and set the story aside for a while so I can think about it in a, hopefully, relaxed manner.
Item 4 above, and this next issue are why I often have a number of stories on the go at the same time.
There are times I have a good start point for a story, and have a good end point, but then have a sort of blank about what goes on in the middle, or I have only a few scenes for in the middle. It's filling in these gaps that give me the biggest headaches in a story.
I was wondering if anyone else had similar sorts of issues with their story writing.
And, yes, I am totally ignoring the situations where real life intrudes and you have to put a story aside while dealing with life and then can't get back into the story at that time.