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How to plot your novel - a free article by Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series.

How to plot your novel - a free article by Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series.
In this article I will discuss how to plot your novel, from first ideas to a completed outline. (Articles Index) I'm currently putting together a how-to book containing updated and revised editions of all my articles on writing and publishing, plus a lot of new material. If you'd like to know more, follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter Plotting is the process of describing your novel in summarised form, usually before you start the actual work of writing it. First, it can be very useful in the writing of your novel, especially when you start to lose your way. So why doesn't every author write a plot outline? I don't know about other authors, but I never liked plotting and I never enjoyed writing to a detailed outline. What I used to do was map out a few scenes ahead of where I was writing and basically stumble along until I reached the end of my novel. After my first novel was accepted by a publisher I had to work with their editor to revise and improve it. NEW! <a href=" Widgets</a>

Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps By Glen C. Strathy How would you like to create a plot outline for your novel in less than an hour that is emotionally compelling and dramatically sound? Novel Plotting Worksheet Want to help support the author? There are hundreds, possibly thousands of articles on novel plotting on the web. There are a few plotting worksheets, with spaces and questions for you to fill in your own work – some of them are good. But I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I decided to make it and share it with you all. The “Plotting Worksheet” is for writers who have scattered ideas (maybe a conflict + its resolution) that need to be worked into a basic plot structure.

the wise sloth formula plot template « The wise sloth says, Below is a story outline. Below that are the terms used in the outline. Click here to see an illustrated story board that very, very, very easily explains this formula plot. 8 simple formula plot templates « The wise sloth says, The story begins by introducing the protagonist in a way that reveals his defining characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, life circumstances, motives, and goals. SEGMENT 1 also establishes the setting and tone. Something happens to the protagonist that is out of the ordinary (for the protagonist, not for you). The event should be as apocalyptic as possible. How I Plot A Novel in 5 Steps By popular request (ok, 1 person, but they're populace, so that makes it popular, right?) I've put together a step by step process for how I go from "Hey I should write a novel" to "Ok, let's get writing!" Though I managed to get things grouped into steps, what I've really done is labeled and applied order to the phases I go through as I work toward the point where I feel I know enough about a book to start writing. Some parts of my process may seem a bit obsessive, but the most important part of writing fast is knowing as much as you can about what you're writing before you write it, and that means lots and lots of planning. Planning a novel takes me anywhere from a few days to weeks. Usually I plan while I'm working on other things, like editing, but I've also had whole weeks where I did nothing but put a story together.

Fleshing Out Your Plot Have you asked yourself "What is a plot?" or "Why is a plot important for my story?" Our editors explain how a carefully crafted plot will make your story impossible Advanced Fiction Writing Blog » Blog Archive » Writing That Pesky Three-Act Structure Understanding the high-level structure of a novel is hard work. It’s also rewarding work, because if you can discipline yourself to do it, you’ll understand what’s most important in your story and you’ll be able to help the marketing people at your publisher when you get your book published. Camille posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: I’m working on a proposal for a completed novel using the Snowflake Pro.

How To Plot A Novel Plotting a novel is no small task. Not only do you have a lot of events to dream up, you also have to make the readers keep turning the pages. And that is what plot is all about at the end of the day - entertainment. Constructing Plot The Elements of Plot Development If an author writes, "The king died and then the queen died," there is no plot for a story. But by writing, "The king died and then the queen died of grief," the writer has provided a plot line for a story. A plot is a casual sequence of events, the "why" for the things that happen in the story. The plot draws the reader into the character's lives and helps the reader understand the choices that the characters make. A plot's structure is the way in which the story elements are arranged.