My new project has gotten larger in scope, and I am currently working on constructing a family tree for my main character. The last two times I planned out family trees, the project turned into a novel. I suspect the same thing is happening here.
I am working my way through the Snowflake Method to do the top-level planning for the project, and the one-paragraph summary for step 2 looks like novel material. I am a planner, and one of the things that I like about the Snowflake Method is that it helps me get a handle on the scope of a piece. I also like it because I end up with a list of scenes to write – almost a writing to-do list. And I love lists! More, I love crossing things off lists. So the prep work is totally worth it for me.
Do lists work for you?