Quick planning a novel

Quick planning a novel

In this NaNoWriMo Prep series, we’ve so far looked at why to do NaNo (aside from it being great) and how to turn a prompt into a plot. In today’s post, we’ll focus on planning your book to give you a guideline for writing. Getting started with your plan Your plan needs two things: the…

The Time to Write
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The Time to Write

Any creative act takes time. Novels happen to take a lot of time, even just to get a first draft. That’s fine. When you’ve done it a couple of times, you expect to spend a large portion of your available time sitting at a keyboard, working away. NaNoWriMo just happens to require that you condense…

Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #7 – Prevention
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Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #7 – Prevention

Something explodes, a bomb, a volcano, emotional tension…but can it be prevented? So far we’ve looked at Cause & Effect in the sense that it’s a set thing, but is there something your characters could have done to prevent it from happening altogether? In this post, we’re going to look at the magical time travel…

Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #2 – Emotional Reactions
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Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #2 – Emotional Reactions

Previously, we looked at the ‘Something explodes’ card from the point of view of taking it literally. Now it’s time to step it up a notch. In this series of posts, I’m going to show you how this one card can be used to tell many different types of stories, and affect much more change…

Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #1 – Literal Explosions
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Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #1 – Literal Explosions

One of the first cards I decided upon for the first deck of Pocket Prompts was ‘Something explodes’. It’s bold, dramatic, and can stir a story. In this series of posts, I’m going to show you how this one card can be used to tell many different types of stories, and affect much more change…

Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #4 – Cause & Effect
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Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #4 – Cause & Effect

So far, we’ve looked at types of explosions and how to use them in a story, and a disastrous (or hyperbolic) consequence of the explosion. Now it’s time to look a little further back: cause. Every story has a beginning, middle and end, and even if we begin with the explosion, the root explanation for…

Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #3 – Dire Consequences
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Pocket Prompt Expansion: Something Explodes #3 – Dire Consequences

In my last post, I explores the concept of an emotional explosion, to pair up with the idea of a literal explosion. Today, we’re going to look at a different way of using the ‘Something explodes’ card: it’s time to look at dire consequences. One question comes to mind every time the news channel plays…