A Plotter’s Guide to Novel Writing

With my background in technical writing, nonfiction, and screenwriting, is it any wonder I have a passion for structure, organization, and plotting? I love it, but I also find it helps me turn out a quality product. I know there are pantsers out there (including my best friend) who blanch at the idea of detailed planning before starting a novel. That’s okay! The information in this blog will be helpful during the editing phase as well.

A running table of contents can be found below for easy reference. It’s not complete, but it will give you a pretty good idea of where we’re going.

  • Plotters vs. Pantsers
  • The Big Idea: What Should I Write?
  • Before You Write: Analyze the Competition
  • Critical Elements of a Story
  • Critical Elements: Plot
  • Critical Elements: Character
  • Critical Elements: Conflict
  • Critical Elements: Theme
  • Critical Elements: Genre & Audience
  • Brainstorming
  • Worldbuilding
  • Developing a Premise
  • Developing a Pitch
  • Creating Characters, Part 1
  • Creating Characters, Part 2
  • Developing the Character Arc
  • Keeping Track of the Details
  • Plotting, Part 1
  • Story Structure, Part 1
  • Plot Points
  • Length
  • Pacing
  • Story Structure, Part 2
  • Eight Sequences
  • Scenes
  • Plotting, Part 2
  • Writing the First Draft: Getting Started
  • Writing the First Draft: Point of View
  • Writing the First Draft: Opening Scene
  • Writing the First Draft: Description
  • Writing the First Draft: Dialogue
  • Writing the First Draft: Exposition
  • Spelling, Grammar, and Sentence Mechanics

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