Anyone else in the planning stages? I've found this article useful (well, not the white text on a dark background bit, I had to copy it to Word to read it easily, but the content is good). I've also been using the Snowflake Method as a sort of guideline for years, generally not getting far in it at all - the step where you write a one-page synopsis of the plot is about as far as I normally get. This time I've been planning in greater depth.
One thing that always annoyed me about the Snowflake Method was the lack of space given to worldbuilding, so generally I've just inserted it in alongside the character building bits, with sections of similar length at each stage.
I'm meant to be using OneNote on the recommendation of another Mythic Scribbler (possibly Devor?) but due to mostly writing my planning documents at work (during lunch, I swear) this hasn't really happened. Most of the docs are still in my email inbox waiting to be dealt with. I find it easier to plan at work. For a start, I spend more time there than I have in the evenings, particularly with rehearsals, visiting my fiance every night for an hour or two, the myriad distractions of the internet when I finally get access to it, and other stuff I do.
But as well as the partially-fleshed-out bones of a story, I also have a timetable. I believe this is important. It creates accountability and targets to be met. My aim is to start writing on July 1st - not a day earlier, not a day later. This forces me to plan in greater depth if I want to spend time on the novel, means I have a target by which point I must have a strong grasp of the novel, and enables me to timetable the rest.
After that I plan on writing a minimum of 500 words daily, except of course in the month of November, when I shall take part in NaNoWriMo and thus write 1667 words per day. Depending on the ultimate length of the novel, I should therefore complete the first draft by the end of the year. I will then have 2013 for rewrites and edits and will refine in early 2014 ready for submission for publication.
So who else is planning? Do you know of any good articles or guides that have been helpful in the planning stages? What is your timetable to achieve the Blood Pact aims? How far through the planning stage are you? In how much depth do you usually plan and how much planning are you doing for this novel?