Sketch spots for every character in as many poses, actions, and circumstances as you can think up. Since sketching twelve or so spreads is an intimidating task, it helps to break them down into many smaller sketches.
Organize the spots across your dummy. You've already established the order and cadence of the story during the "text dummy" stage.
I usually have so many spots that I don't use them all, but they can be combined with other sketches or used in the background.
At this point, sketch around the spots, leaving some as-is, and decide which will be full-page illustrations or spreads.
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