The Ultimate Novelist Guide is a summation of my personal research into novel writing. The topics below cover the gambit of what I have learned it takes to be a successful novelist.
Project Development. We discuss an iterative process for developing both Plot and Story. This allows the author to determine the level of planning from a brief summary of a project to a detailed paragraph outline of each scene.
Plot structure. We explore the 8-Segment plot outline method, rather than the 3- or 4-Act method.
Character Development. This is a description
Series Development. This is a description.
Project Workflow. This is a description
- First Draft (Rough). Tell yourself the story. Don’t worry about length, language or research. Get the story out as best as you can. Use Notes and Placeholders.
- Second Draft (Alpha). Tell the story to the reader in a way that you think it is worth their time to read. This is a complete rewrite of the first draft. In this draft you should:
- Fix Research Issues
- Fix Placeholders
- Send to Beta Readers
- Third Draft (Beta). Incorporate feedback from Beta readers. This may require a full rewrite.
- Fourth & Subsequent Drafts (Gamma). Omit Needless words
- Wallow in the world of my series (done simultaneously with the next step)
- Individual Timelines/Outlines
- Final Outline
- Write the damn thing (scene by scene)
- Re-outline, reorder, rewrite (as needed)
- Export Draft
- Update “bible”
- Continuity check/Read through/Notes
- Send off for review/professional edits
- Incorporate Edits