The most important thing to remember about writing a novel is to finish it. Only then will you know what the story’s about and where it begins. Finish the novel, then go back and fix it up. Diana Gabaldon, NYTimes bestseller, says when she first decided to write a novel, she promised herself to finish it. And she did.
Write what you read. Write the kind of book you can’t find on the library shelf.
Writing a novel is like driving across the country. You could even do it at night. You only have to see as far as the headlights.
Since novel writing is like driving across the country, you have to figure out what to do if things get boring in the prairies. According to mystery writer Lawrence Block you should bring in a man with a gun (an unexpected event). See the hero’s journey, Step 8 below
A novel is an organic entity, it grows as it goes. Outline it if it helps you. Use webbing. Use the simple, one page outline of the hero’s journey.below
Develop the dreadful alternative. In a romance, if Susie doesn’t find her true love, the free world will be destroyed. It has to be important that Susie finds Mr. Right.
Everything revolves around the protagonist. Side stories are okay, if they involve the hero or the antagonist.
Don’t kill off the antagonist until the end. Save the big confrontation between protagonist and antagonist for the end.
- Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where
- they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
- They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
- Are encouraged by a MENTOR to
- CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where
- they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
- They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold
- where they endure the ORDEAL
- They take possession of their REWARD and
- are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
- They cross the third threshold, experience a RESSURECTION and are transformed by the experience.
- They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.
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