Sunday, March 29, 2015

31 Steps to a Better Novel

Sometimes you just aren't sure of what to do next. Your first draft is done, but you are nervous about passing it on to a reader or editor or even a family member.  Janice Hardy's Ficton University has a multi-step process that will help you get the most out of your novel so that you can move on with confidence.

At-Home Workshop: Revise Your Novel in 31 Days

Don't let the name on the link scare you off. No one is timing you.

Take as long as you need.  Writing isn't a race, although sometimes it may feel like that.  The goal is to reach the end and this process is a decent road map to get you started.

Here are the first five steps:
  • Day One: Analyze the Story Structure
  • Day Two: Analyze the Character Arcs
  • Day Three: Analyze the Scene Structure
  • Day Four: Clarify the Goals and Motivations
  • Day Five: Clarify the Conflict and Tension
From the site: "These steps are intended to guide you if you’re not sure where to start, motivate you on those days when writing is tough, and encourage you to keep writing by breaking the process into manageable pieces."

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