Would you like a simple plan for the first twenty pages of your next novel?
If so, I made a video for you (below).
A lot of my readers are working on a novel. In our conversations over email, we’ve discussed the most common problems they and I have been facing.
“Plot” is a problem that came up a lot. “Planning” and “pacing” were also a very common complaint.
What problems do you have with your novel-writing?
Now, my goal is to be helpful, so I thought about how I teach novel-writing, and in particular how I advise aspiring novelists to get started.
I actually have a methodology for helping writers start their novels in a way that grab’s their reader’s attention. This framework also leads into a plan for narrating and plotting the entire manuscript.
I present that idea about novel-beginnings in this video.
It’s about eight minutes long. Watch it, and then tell me what other questions you have.
There is a lot more to say about these issues, but I worried the recording was already too long. So I’ll happily answer your questions in the comments, or by email.
Here it is: the “three appeals” approach to plotting, with examples from JK Rowling, Haruki Murakami, and Brandon Sanderson.
This is the first video in the series. Video #2 will explain the idea further, and talk about narration. Video #3 will talk about your protagonist, and how to complete the first fifty pages of your novel.