Different for different stories
I've started different stories with different amounts of direction and structure.
"In From The Snow" is intended to be a set of sexual encounters connected by a main couple (an interracial married couple who work emergency road rescue on a snowy highway pass, rescue stuck travelers and keep them overnight). I think the design was successful for what was intended, though I never managed to get the characters to the hot springs resort I kept hinting at having a secret sexy season during winter.
"Office Morale" is closer to the notion of a madcap comedy or satire -- a visiting company executive discovers one division's secret to performance is safe sex orgy breaks at work, and his old flame, the division head, walks him through it. I put together some longer connected threads, but didn't have a specific place it was going.
"Get Me To The Church On Time" is intended to be a set of converging arcs following bride-to-be, hippie mother, and yuppie mother-in-law through their own, very different, sets of sexual complications and rivalries leading up to the wedding. I didn't manage the convergence, but could get fired up again, perhaps.
"When The Cat's Away" was deliberately set up in the two introductory threads to be a pair of arcs which converged (young adults at home; parents on a cruise, returning unexpectedly early), and the plan was realized more successfully, with some interesting wandering around amongst the various characters' stories. This one ended up with the most development.
There were also a couple of period pieces where I set up the characters and setting, hoping to be inspired to take things one direction or another, but haven't taken the plot very far -- Victorian, vaguely steampunk-esque "Lucy's Portion" and Pirates-of-the-Caribbean style "Port Call".
"Lucy's Portion" has a bit more development based on the suddenly revealed identity of Lucy as an unacknowledged child of the noble family she'd been serving (sometimes with her skirts up!) all her life, and how her relationships with the family and other servants shift drastically.
Last edited by Zingiber : 05-19-2013 at 10:47 PM.