There are a variety of methods writers use to create a novel. I find it inspiring and
illuminating to read about
how others craft their stories, but I also feel it's important for each author to
embrace their own process. It's a beautiful thing when a writer finds their creative sweet-spot.
A blend of pre-planning
and writing-as-I-go to fill in the blanks and expand the initial outline is the process that lately has
been working the best for me.
For those of you who also prefer a structured approach, here are a number of
popular plotting methods for writers and other planning resources.
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The W Plot
I've used the "W Plot" method for several of my books, and I've found it works well to make
sure I hit the right flow of highs and lows.
Character Sketch Sheet & Questionnaire
Outline your character's physical traits, background info, personality, and answer deeper questions
to help you build stronger motivation and a more solid story.
Character Name Database and Trackers
Character Tracking Worksheet
Use this worksheet to track the names for all your major and minor characters so you never repeat a name in the same series.
Also track character details such as height, hair color, eye color, notes on personality, and more.
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