Confused and overwhelmed about world-building for your novel? Use the below infographic to kick-start the process!
After reading Part One of this article, you will be well versed in the advantages and disadvantages of Happy, Sad and Bittersweet endings. You may also have a loose idea of how you want your story to end. Yay! This is a good start. However, it is not enough just to know vaguely what will happen. With … More Endings – Part Two: the necessary elements of your third and final act
I have just finished planning the ending of my novel – ‘Act three’ – and I am now a couple of scenes into actually writing its first draft. 70,000 words in and two acts down, you’d think that it would be much more of the same approach that has got me this far – however, … More Endings – Part One: Happy, Sad OR Bittersweet
Up until a month ago, I was happily muddling through my second draft. Although I knew there were problems with it, it wasn’t until I was about half-way through, that I thought it would be helpful to sit down and reassess the structure and elements of my story as a whole. After many hours of brainstorming, … More Using notecards to evaluate novel structure
Having a story goal is paramount to a successful story. Without one, you may have a book but you do not have a story. It gives your characters reason to do what they do, AND it gives you, the writer, a target that propels your story forward and gives it meaning – a reason for … More Planning with purpose, writing with focus – a simple framework for effective planning and editing
If you are anything like me, and indeed a lot of other writers, inspiration can come to you out of the blue. Perhaps you had a really vivid dream and thought, hey that’s a great idea for a novel, or maybe you were sat on the bus one morning and saw something that triggered an … More Spontaneous note taking – a guide from a note-a-holic
When you first begin your initial research on how to plan and write a book, there are countless useful blogs (listed at the bottom of this post) and articles on the elements that make a good story, in particular: The three act structure The use of three disasters Conflict (of which there are many types) Character arc … More Planning – the bigger picture