I have found that stretching myself as a writer is a painfully fun activity. “The Snowflake Method For Designing A Novel” by Randy Ingermanson is a thought provoking article.
Before I read the article, I had never heard of the Snowflake Method. After reading “The Snowflake Method For Designing A Novel,” I feel it would be worthwhile for me to incorporate some, but not all, of the steps from the Snowflake Method into the way I plan a novel. My advice is read the article and, as Mr. Ingermanson wrote, “decide what might work for you, and ignore the rest!”
You can read the full article here: http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/
Disclaimer: My posting the link above is not an endorsement for Snowflake Pro.