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Write Your Novel Step by Step (11) “Who’s There?”

Congratulations! You’ve completed the first part of your journey toward a completed novel. It was a heck of a lot of work, but it is all about to pay off. From here on out, we’ll be drawing on material you’ve … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (10)

Smoothing Out the Bumps In Step 9 you integrated all your new material into your existing synopsis to create an all-inclusive description of your story’s world. In this step you’ll move things around and reword them so that your revised … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (9)

Your Inspired Plot In Step 8 you made a list of all the new material you’ve created that you’d like to include in your novel to fill holes and fix inconsistencies.  In this step, you’ll weave those concepts into your … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (8)

Putting It Back Together If you’ve been diligent in the last step and generated a lot of answers, you probably have a huge number of potential story points. But which ones to use? Usually, you won’t be able to select … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (7)

Filling the Holes In Step 6, you found holes and inconsistencies in your story as it stands so far by looking at it as an audience would, rather than as an author, and asking questions about what was missing or … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (6)

Pulling It All Apart In Step 5, you created your first comprehensive description of what your story is about – who’s in it, what happens to them, what it all means, and the story world in which it all takes … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (5)

Pulling It All Together  In Step 2, you jotted down any and all story ideas you may have already had for your novel.  In Step 4, you probably generated a huge number of additional creative ideas for your novel.  (If … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (4)

The Creativity Two-Step In Step 3, we described methods for boiling your initial story concepts down into a log line: a single sentence that expresses the essence of what your story is about. In this step, we’ll use your log line … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (Part 3) – What’s the Big Idea?

In step 2, we explored the purpose of and methods for clearing your mind by jotting down any initial ideas you may have before trying to further develop your novel.  In this step, your goal is to be able to … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (2) – “Get Out of My Head!”

When beginning a new novel, writers are often faced with one of two initial problems that hinders them right from the get go.  One – sometimes you have a story concept but can’t think of what to do with it. … Continue reading

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