How To Write A Novel Outline – Writing A Book Outline

How To Outline A Story Or Novel

For this post, I chose a video that explains how to outline a story. Some authors miss out on this important step and try to just write by the seat of their pants. It can work (John Grisham did it) but for most of us mere mortal writers, planning the structure of our novel with a clear outline is vital to it’s flow and success. How To Outline A Story – 3 Acts : 9 Blocks : 27 Chapters Hello – different kind of video today. This is a computer screen recording, so I didn’t have to brush my hair, and you guys don’t have to look at me. Win-win! I’m going to outline my NaNoWriMo novel later today and I wanted to do a quick run-through of my outlining process beforehand, so I don’t have to try to explain it whilst outlining. How To Outline A Story pdf I did a video like this last year that is called ‘9 blocks in the plot board’ or something along those lines and it goes over all this stuff. I wanted to do an updated, more coherent version so I made a slideshow presentation. Now I will talk you guys through the three-act, 9 block 27 chapter, outlining process that I’ve been using to outline all of my novels lately. I did not invent story structure and I make no claims that this is the best and/or only way to outline. This is one of many different methods and this method is still like a work in progress. If you want to use this 27 chapter structure, that would be awesome. I hope you let me know how it works for you and if you have any ideas for changes or refining certain points. Definitely let me know because, like I said, this is still a work in progress and I’m still trying to figure this thing out. So 3 act structure is the base of this. I like 3 act structure because it makes a lot of sense to me. You know, beginning, middle, end – straightforward. It’s also familiar because you know most things in life have a beginning, a middle and an end. In writing a three-act structure, the beginning, middle, and end translates into setup, conflict, resolution. The first act is setup, the second act is conflict, and the third act is resolution, but it also goes […]

Ideas For Writing A Book – Author’s Inspiration

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There’s oodles of advice on the internet and elsewhere about planning a novel’s structure and analysing everything from plot to characters,  but where does the original idea for writing a book come from? Does it arrive in a flash of inspiration or the result of hard work and brainstorming? By all accounts, it seems to be a combination of both – this is the real world folks, nothing is black or white! The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be one way or the other. The craft of writing adapts nicely to every author’s whim. Personally, I think the first seed of the idea does indeed come in a flash, which is then finely tuned by asking those ‘what if’ questions around that first basic scrap of inspiration. A famous author once said: ‘Inspiration is for amateurs. Professionals get to work!’ It sounds a bit brutal, but that’s about the size of it. Once you think about a possible idea that just might grow into a great book, you need to work on it, organise your thoughts and approach it like a boss. How To Get Ideas For Writing A Book – One Author’s Perspective Alice Ozeman Video transcript: Hello everyone. I’ve decided as some of you may know to start a little series on my Youtube channel called ‘How to write a book’, (remembering that there isn’t one way to write a book) and essentially everything I say you can actually ignore, because you can just do what you want! I get a lot of questions about writing books because I’m an author. I’ve written two books. I got published and I was quite young, and people starting writing, just want a bit of advice and I thought I could just address like every little part of writing a book in just a series of videos. A simple series of videos definitely not, so when I keep getting asked the same questions I can just link them to videos instead of having to explain the same thing over and over again. On Tumblr a question I get asked a lot is ‘how do I come up with ideas?’ and that’s like the very first point you will be at before starting a book, especially if you want to write a book but you just don’t have an idea. I mean, sometimes you have the idea at first […]

Help Writing A Book For Beginners & Beyond

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With the best will in the world, writing a book is hard. No, let me re-phrase that – writing a good book that’s worth publishing is hard. Writing is easy. Anyone can write and that is a problem with the industry at the moment. Millions of average books are appearing every week due to the ease of self-publishing. A good idea is to get help writing a book from people who have done it before. There are loads of books to help with writing a book and these can be a boon, but the good coaching can make or break your authoring aspirations. Lisa Tener has helped many authors, coaching some of them to five and six figure publishing deals (check out the testimonials on her web site.) We tend to shy away from seeking help in writing, but it is out there – and a lot of it for free! Of course, it has to be said that a lot of care should be taken by checking the credentials of the advice givers, but ,many luminaries, such as John Grisham, offer insights into their writing process. One problem is that, while a basic process and structure is beneficial to new authors looking for help in writing a book, we are all individuals and don’t work in the same way. This is one reason why the best coaching and instructional writing courses focus on your personal strengths and weaknesses. In the video below, Evan Carmichael outlines the process he uses for writing, publishing and marketing a book. Need Help Writing A Book? It Happens All The Time Video Transcript: Hello, Believe Nation! My name is Evan Carmichael! My one word is believe, and I believe that entrepreneurs will solve all the of the world’s major problems. So, to help you on your journey, today, I’m going to talk about seven ways to write a book for beginners. (electronic music) So, I launched my first book with Penguin Random House in December of last year. I’m in the process of writing my second book, and I have the first draft, just finished! I’m super excited about that. And I’ve been gettin’ a lot of questions, from you guys, asking me about the process. How do I write a book, what does it look like? How do I make sure that my book is a success, comin’ out of the gate? And so, today, […]

How To Start Writing A Book For Beginners – Ideas For Writing A Book

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Hello and welcome back to my channel. If you don’t know who I am, I’m Britt Poe. I am an author and a writing a business coach for creative writers and authors alike. Today I’m gonna be talking about how to outline your novel using my absolute favorite method, the snowflake method. So before I get into the how-to, I wanted to share a little bit of background. In the writing world there are two sort of sides when it comes to planning a novel. There are plotters, the ones who plan everything and set them out before they start writing, and then there are Pantsers, those who sort of just take their idea and go with it with really no structured plan on where they’re going. In my writing practice, I’ve literally been all over the board with my writing and my planning techniques. I’ve tried so hard just to find something that really clicked with my creative process and ended up really uninspired with a lot of different methods to outlining, which then left my manuscript suffering because I was just uninspired and an uninspired writer is probably not the best kind of writer. So when I heard about the snowflake method, I decided to give it a go and I am just loving the amazingness of the snowflake method. It works so well with my finger in my creative process and it really helps me get an outline down and completed, so that I can actually start writing that first draft. So what is the snowflake method? The snowflake method is an approach to writing developed by a guy named Randy Inger Mason. I will link to his website below where he really goes into tons of detail about the snowflake method himself but in all this method is composed of ten steps. The goal is to have an extensive outline filled with everything that you need for your plot and for your characters in order to write your novel. Something about the way that this method is structured just really jives with me and my process. So now I’m gonna tell you how you guys can do it yourself. Step one of the ten steps of the snowflake method is to write a one sentence summary of your novel. This is the hardest part for me because something about having to fit all of the ideas […]

How To Start Writing A Book For Beginners – Help Writing A Book

how to start writing a novel for beginners

Without a doubt, the beginning of any complex task is the hardest to accomplish. For beginners, how to start writing a book requires more than learning the technical aspects of beginning to get the novel down on paper. It’s generally agreed among authors, editors and publishers that those first pages are absolutely crucial to your book’s success. The two videos transcribed below look at this from the viewpoint of and editor and an author. As you will find, they agree one hundred percent. The whole craft and point of writing anything is to get those readers turning the page. If the first pages don’t intrigue and enthral, the novel won’t be read and months of work will be for nothing. How To Get Started Writing A Book (with Ellen Rock) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idb6OIJ1Pv4Video can’t be loaded: How to Write Your Novel’s First Page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idb6OIJ1Pv4) Video Transcript: Hi guys. It’s Ellen Rock, freelance editor. I know I haven’t made a video in a long time – I’ve been really busy, but you guys have sent me a lot of really great requests, and I really do want to get to all of them. It’s just going to take me a while because I have a lot on my plate right now. I’ve gotten comments and emails from a lot of people saying that they missed the novel boot camp event that I held on my blog. I guess I didn’t really do a great job promoting it. Part of it was, I wasn’t sure how big it would get and I didn’t want things get too out of hand. Because this is the first year that I’ve done it, but it turned out really well. There was a lot of participation, probably about as much as I could handle this year. I am hoping to make it bigger next year. I’m not exactly sure how I will execute it, but I’ll make sure to let everybody know in advance and make sure that it’s really clear when it’s happening and how you can participate. I know a lot of people don’t have a lot of time and maybe it’s easier to watch a video than it is to read a long blog post. So the first thing I covered during novel boot camp was how to write a great first page. I talked about it in terms of the first page promise, because […]

How To Begin Writing A Book The Right Way

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Hi everyone – Alexa Donne here and today I am talking all about starting your novel in the right place. Now this is kind of a buzzy phrase that you may have heard, especially if anyone has ever told you, if you’ve heard people tell other writers ‘hmm I think you’re starting your book in the wrong place’. You hear this because it’s really critical to start your book in the right place. Ideally you want to start with a scene that illustrates character, conflict, world and ideally also stakes. Now this is a tall order. There’s a lot to accomplish in whatever your opening scene or chapter is. Essentially, what people mean when they say that you’re starting in the wrong place is your pacing is off. If you start too early, you’re pacing is going to drag. It’s going to feel slow, and if you start too late, your pacing is going to feel too fast. You’re throwing people into a situation, usually an action scene, where they don’t know what’s going on. They don’t know who people are and they don’t have a reason to care, so you kind of have to strike that balance between boring people to tears and confusing the heck out of them. Alexa Donne’s Youtube Channel Video Transcript (cont’d) How To Start Writing A Novel Beginners – A Few Tips There’s that kind of middle ground. My best advice is to think about starting your novel the day that it all changes, or alternately 15 minutes before it all changes. Not necessarily literally by the way, you want to think of it kind of abstractly, as what is the thing that happens right before the big change happens? The big change being your inciting incident. Very often the answer to this question will tell you where you might want to start your novel. In many cases this is going to be a slice of life of kind of, who your characters are and kind of what their life is about before everything changes. But that said, you want to be careful not to make it boring a play-by-play of everything that your character does in there life. Their normal life is going to be frankly boring. You have to think more dynamic than that. Whatever scene you choose, as I mentioned, is gonna have to perform all of those functions – introducing […]

Novel Writing Tips For Beginners -The Novel Writing Process

novel writing tips for beginners

Most everyone writes according to a process, even if we sometimes don’t realise it! There are a few who seem to write by the seats of their pants (Pantsers), but most of us need a novel writing process to guide us long the way to a successful novel. Probably one of the most valuable novel writing tips for beginners is to follow a structure for outlining and writing. There are many out there, such as the Snowflake Method, and others that have been adapted by writers of all levels to suit their own particular needs and writing style. The first video presents a quite detailed plan for writing a structured novel or book, with useful tips for much-needed discipline. The second addresses the problem of motivation – something which affects us all. The presentation is refreshing because it offers various ideas for overcoming writer’s block and the dreaded feeling of ‘I am not a writer!’ A Working Novel Writing Process – Advice For Beginners Video Transcript: Heya, book nerds! I’m Meg LaTorre, and on this episode of iWriterly, I thought we’d do something a little different. A lot of you have been asking about the adult fantasy manuscript I’m currently querying and my writing process. So I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my brain’s hard-wiring. It’s also rather timely, as I’m about to launch into a new project. Keep in mind, every writer has their own unique process. This is just what I’ve found works for me. Step 1: The idea Usually an idea will crop up during everyday life, and I’ll mull it over in my mind for a few days or weeks and jot down notes as I think of them. Eventually, the idea either blossoms into a full-fledged story or withers and dies a painful death. … Not really. Step 2: The plot outline If a story makes it past the idea phase, I’ll then write a plot outline. I really like Vivien Reis’ outline video, which I’ve referenced before in my past videos. To learn more about plot outlining, be sure to check that out. I’ll leave a link in the description below. Step 3: The character outline I’ll usually write an outline for the main cast of characters, including their physical description, the desire(s) that drive them throughout the story, weaknesses or shortcomings of their characters, and their role in the plot. This […]

How To Write A Fiction Book – Mode Of Narration

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The next thing I’d like to talk with you about is mode of narration. Mode of narration constitutes an important decision that you’re going to have to make in your writing right up front. That’s basically how you’re going to tell your story, how it’s going to be constructed. Let’s look at mode of narration in detail. It’s composed of three components. The first is point of view or POV. This is basically who’s telling the story. The next is voice. That’s basically how they’re telling the story. And then there’s tense. That’s basically when did the story take place, past, present or future. Let’s dig into more detail by looking at point of view once again. You have three point of views to consider. First-person – typically the narrator is yourself. The word ‘I’ pops up an awful lot. You’re telling the story from your point of view. ‘I ran to catch the train.’ Second person is rarely used so we’re not going to spend a lot of time discussing it. It would be ‘you ran to catch the train’. Third person, which is also very common, is ‘he ran to catch the train’. Here you’re talking about another person. https://youtu.be/oFh2OFqxFhcVideo can’t be loaded: Write a Fiction Book: Mode of Narration – Writing with Point of View, Narrative Voice and Tense (https://youtu.be/oFh2OFqxFhc) Video Transcript (cont’d) Writing Fiction for Beginners Tips – Start Writing Fiction The Right Way Now third person is possibly one of the most common points of view in writing but first person can give you a very intimate feel and can get you very close to the narrator of the story. After all, the the narrator the story is yourself, whereas third person is more for gathering maybe large groups and stuff like that. Next let’s look at voice and this we’re going to look at in two pieces. First, what kind of voices can we use for first and second person? Well, actually first person, since we’re not considered second person. The first is an internal monologue, which is what I was just having. There a stream of consciousness, you might say or also know. This is the rattlings of the internals of the of the mind. Unless you’re a very advanced writer, I wouldn’t suggest this particular voice. It’s hard to keep the reader captivated with a stream of consciousness. More common, in fact […]

How To Write A Story Plot

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Did you know that story and plot aren’t necessarily always the same thing? In casual conversation the words are more or less interchangeable but when you’re actually sitting down to write something, it’s important to understand that these two are independent factors that you must consider. It can be kind of difficult to understand the difference and why that difference is important, so stick with me for a second. To put it simply, plot is two people shooting at each other. Story is why they’re shooting at each other. The why here isn’t because the hero has to beat the bad guys so we can disable their big doomsday weapon. That’s still plot. The ‘why’ is what’s going on internally with the character. This is story – what the narrative that you’re crafting is about. At its core, story cuts to the heart of why the characters are doing the things that they’re doing and where they are. The plot is then the sequence of events that they go through that tie the novel or movie together. The plot is comprised of the things that they actually do, the events that move them from one scene to the next. If plot is what where when and how, then story is who and why. Youtube Channel Video Transcript (cont’d) How To Come Up With A Story Plot Notice that he didn’t say that he wanted to go blow up a space station or even to beat the Empire but that’s what happens at the end of the movie. Luke has a drive that is relevant to the physical quest that he goes on but doesn’t completely define that quest. His internal desire of the force stuff, the legacy stuff, wanting to be a hero – that’s the story. The plot is about stopping the bad guys. This is important to understand because any two given movies or books or TV shows or whatever could potentially have the same plot. For example, acquire a bunch of money illegally but the emotional context behind why the characters are doing the things that they’re doing could be vastly different. In the same vein the emotional context could be approximately the same but the events could be vastly different. Now this may sound like some high concept nonsense that only has a place in like a pretentious French art house theater or a college classroom […]

How To Write An Outline For A Book

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Now that you’ve cracked the foundation of an idea, let’s talk about how to bring it to life in an outline. There is a confusing array of outline methods out there – snowflake, visual maps, flashlight outlining, and once again the surprising thing is that most of the people who are creating these methods have never been published. I’ve wasted a lot of time trying to outline with these different approaches as well but then it struck me that most of these outline methods were actually trying to help me come up with an idea. I already had an idea, so my task was actually much easier, since all I needed was to express my idea in the simplest way possible. Now I’ll show you the simple formula to create a story framework from the idea. The formula is l-o-c-k, or lock. This was actually created by James Scott Pelley and I find it very, very useful. So what is lock? L stands for lead O for objective C for conflict K for knockout Every great story follows the same construct. There is a lead, the protagonist, who has a burning objective and faces an increasing crescendo of conflict in his or her attempt to accomplish the objective. Eventually there’s a final knockout in the end. Either the lead gets his objective or not, but perhaps the outcome is mixed. He gets something different than he thought. That’s it LOCK -lead,objective, conflict, knockout. How To Outline Your Novel – A Practical Guide https://youtu.be/qNIDiELu-G8Video can’t be loaded: How to write an outline for your novel or book (https://youtu.be/qNIDiELu-G8) Youtube Channel Video Transcript (cont’d) Let’s take the Hunger Games for instance. At a very physical level the core of the story is about the protagonist wanting to survive. In The Hunger Games that’s our objective, everything that happens in the Hunger Games is a conflict, with the eventual knockout being she survives, but with a little twist. Now take a more classic story. Captain Ahab wants to get Moby Dick the whale. The core of the story is about the conflict in the path to reach the whale. In the eventual knockout, he loses. This is at a very functional level. At a more metaphorical level his true objective is to fight the man, the inhumane system and Captain Ahab’s knockout is a reminder for man to let nature be, which leads […]