Fortunately, I've learned a good way to help plan my writing, and now I want to pass it on to you. The first step is a one-sentence foundation. Start out with one sentence that captures the main idea of your story, like a little blurb. You probably should try for something longer than 5 words but shorter than 20, give or take. Like a good blurb, it should not give away the ending. It should be tantalizing, making you want to know more--and it's as much about tantalizing yourself as it is anyone else. You have to make it something that you want to go back and build upon. Here are a few examples:
- A pro wrestler issues a challenge, only to have it accepted by an unexpected foe ("The Alabama Hammer").
- A street preacher learns that the end of the world is coming much sooner than he expects ("Doomsday Falls on a Tuesday This Year").
- A depressed young man develops a bizarre obsession with a flea market trinket ("Enamored").