Tip #20: Planning Your Novel In 3 Steps (for NaNoWriMo)

If, like me, you’re waaaay behind schedule in planning your NaNo novel for this year, here’s a super helpful blog post by J S Malpas over at Useless Book Club.

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How to

Recently, I’ve been publishing tips which are quite abstract (e.g. Write For Money, Keep Up With The Times). This post is a lot more focused and aims to give purely practical advice on how to plan a novel. I didn’t actually get this information from the how-to book in the featured image (I’m relying on my own experience such as it is), but I thought it would be worthwhile showing you what other resources are out there.

Step 1: Flying among the clouds

The heading is a bit fanciful, but at this stage that’s exactly where your mind should be. You need to let your imagination run wild and unchecked. Come up with an idea for a story, decide who its main characters are and how you want it to end. Chances are that if you’re reading this post, you’ve already finished this step. If not, then generate…

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November Change-Up.

Hey everybody! So, to get the first bit of business out of the way, as well as to explain the title, I'm going to let you know that for the month of November, I'm going to suspend the usual schedule of "Learning From" posts. But don't worry, I'll be picking it back up, and we'll … Continue reading November Change-Up.


"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is." --Jackson Pollock Isn't it interesting how often quotes from artists are interdisciplinary? I find the creative mind endlessly fascinating. Although Jackson Pollock was a painter, his quote applies exceptionally well to writing. As writers, particularly writers of fiction, we may strive for individual characters or … Continue reading Self-Discovery.