Unleash your writing potential with the power of plotting
You don’t have to plot your novel in advance. I’m going to say it louder for the folks at the back: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PLOT YOUR NOVEL IN ADVANCE. Writing to find the story is a valid process, and if it’s the one that works for you there is no point whatsoever in trying to make yourself write differently. That way madness lies.
With that said – I generally find that most of the writers I work with are non-plotters by default, mostly because they’ve never known how to approach the task of creating a detailed outline for their novel in advance. This step-by-step approach I’m about to take you through isn’t aimed at the inveterate non-plotters who’ve established and refined their process. It’s for the emerging writers still figuring out what works for them.
There are at least as many approaches to plotting as there are plotters writing their novel. This isn’t the only way to do it. It’s a starting point. An introduction. A whistle-stop tour through the elements to consider when structuring your unwritten book. Use the bits that work for you and discard the bits that don’t. Like everything in this craft, learning how you do it is part of the fun.
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