I always enjoy finding articles from established writers responsible for some really cool stories… in this case, the guy who created one of my favorite shows – Avatar: The Last Airbender. The link below is part 1 of a three part series of posts showing the process for how he (along with the other writers/creators of the show) broke down episodes, with some examples from a specific episode of Legend of Korra (the followup series to Avatar, for those who don’t know).
There’s another great link that I’ll have to find that shows something similar for Pixar. If I can round that up I’ll throw it up here as well. Stuff like that is already good to read, even when you’ve already read it. We all need reminders of what’s important in a story, especially when you get so deep into the rabbit hole of writing that you forget the big picture stuff.
Hopefully this helps you as much as it did me.