Time to Plan the Narrative: Building Your Plot pt. 4

In the last three months, we’ve taken some time to figure out the basics of our story through its abstract, as well as discussed what should be taken into consideration when crafting your characters and your world. Now, it’s time to put them all together and create the most fundamental piece of any novel: the … More Time to Plan the Narrative: Building Your Plot pt. 4

The Process of Writing a Novel: An Unpublished Author’s Edition

Stage 1: Catch the spark. This is the most thrilling part that any to-be-author is going to see for quite some time. Where the ideas come from is a bit of a mystery. It begins, I suppose, with an impression or an image that sparks the novelist’s mind in the form of a creative what … More The Process of Writing a Novel: An Unpublished Author’s Edition

Drafting Character Sketches: Building Your Plot pt. 2

Last month, I discussed writing a book’s abstract, a sort of premature “book blurb” to help you keep both interested and focused on the most important aspect of any novel project: the plot. For many of us, however, the plot is one of the hardest things to develop, and so is best cultivated by exploring … More Drafting Character Sketches: Building Your Plot pt. 2

Shifting the Meaning

The poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.” This holds true even for novel writing… perhaps especially for novel writing. It’s not just the character who tells the story, but also in what way the character tells the story that can … More Shifting the Meaning

7 Things Aspiring Authors Should Know about Plotting

Or: A Beginner’s Guide to my Builder’s Theory Number 1: Pantsing vs. Plotting is not a useful way to determine how to write your book. Think of it this way: a book cannot be written in a single draft. As you write and go through several different drafts, your novel will go through various changes, … More 7 Things Aspiring Authors Should Know about Plotting