I learned several years ago that “The Story Comes First.” While that seems like a simple, obvious message, this little phrase goes a long way. Some authors tell you all they know about a subject. In the process, the story is lost.
If the story comes first, then you’ll write an exciting page turner and you won’t get hung up in a lot of description – or even good character work. I’m not against solid work on character, but pick the one detail that reveals the character. Maybe later you’ll be able to drop a detail or two into the story.
Remember – THE STORY COMES FIRST