Let's Work Together to Perfect Your novel's Plot
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Do you want to finally get your novel planned out and structured, scene by scene?
Would it be exciting to see, on the page, the story you've always wanted to tell sequenced and laid out in an easy-to-follow outline?
Would you like a low-stress alternative to hiring a full developmental editor?
Did you enjoy Plotting and Planning Your Novel, and would now like to make sure you are applying those techniques to your novel in the best way possible?
I'm Daniel David Wallace, novelist, teacher, & PhD researcher
If you are feeling stuck with a project, or not sure how to get started, it would be a real pity to get to the end of 2021 with no progress made.
And over the years, the one thing I've found makes the biggest difference for people is to get detailed, one-on-one coaching / developmental editing.
There's nothing else like it: there's something so powerful about talking through your ideas and goals for a novel with someone who can ask questions, suggests small elegant solutions to plot problems, and who can then guide you to quickly sequence your imagined scenes into a great story.
People who have worked with me one-on-one say things like:
Martha: "Even working with a literary agency, going through rewrites, I had not received this level of attentiveness, this kind of sensitivity to the project at hand."
Jay: "I've signed up for many writing classes on the internet. Daniel Wallace is one of the best instructors I've ever had."
However, there's one challenge with hiring me for a full developmental edit: it's expensive. Writers who ask me to read and mark up their full manuscript, or to help them design a full outline, usually end up paying around two thousand dollars.
So lately I've been thinking: how could I bring the same benefits to more people? How could I give same results that Martha, Jay, and Katie describe to more writers?
"I cannot tell you how much I value and still think about your writing advice and strategies. The book I wrote after we worked together landed me my agents at InkWell, and back in May, we sold two YA fantasy novels to Wednesday Books/Macmillan. The first one comes out in early 2021!"
To other writers considering this course: Daniel truly has a gift. He’s one of the most patient and encouraging teachers I’ve had. He gives the type of feedback that energizes rather than discourages, the kind that makes you feel like you can rebuild your novel—and rebuild it stronger."
- Allison Saft, author of Down Comes the Night (forthcoming)
I've long wanted to create a course for you -- or, more accurately, a set package of one-on-one coaching help, that will:
1. Help you imagine, plan out, and develop the opening *quarter* of your novel.
2. Fill you with ideas, suggestions, and cool endings for the *rest* of the book.
3. Not cost you as much as full-scale editing / coaching.
Why the first quarter? Well, in my experience, the opening 50 - 80 pages of a novel are the hardest to get right. It's here that most writers struggle to sequence all their ideas, introduce all their characters, weave in their backstory and world-building.
I'll work with you step-by-step so we can apply the ABC plotting framework from Plotting and Planning Your Novel to your story, building a plan for your book in as much detail as you feel comfortable.
(In the language of PPN, we'll plan out your stage one and two together, scene by scene, as well as discussing in looser, more relaxed form all the cool stuff that can happen in stage three and four.)
If you sign up for my Novel Development program, you'll end up with a plot that makes sense to you, which tells the kind of story you always wanted to tell, and gets you in a powerful, productive place to actually write and finish your novel.
Level Up Your Writing in 2021
Here's why you should be writing your pages, scenes, and chapters "character-first":
Avoid Info-Dumps and Slow Pacing
The hardest thing to get right, in a novel's opening section, is how you introduce all the cool stuff you want to include, and in what order. I'll show you how to bring in one aspect of your story after another, and I'll explain why we need to meet the protagonist's father (for instance) in chapter two, not chapter three.
Bridge Those "Plot Gaps"
When you've been trying to write a novel for a while, it can be easy to become so familiar with the story that you skip over some essential scenes, or miss out some appealing moments -- because you're so eager to get the story moving. Together, we'll uncover those essential scenes and deftly weave them into the story you want to tell.
design a "calling Card"
In the writing world, the first fifty pages of your novel is your calling card as an author. You can share that opening section with subscribers on your mailing list, send it to agents as a sample, and use it to entice readers to keep turning pages. Together, we're going to design a fantastic fifty pages that will serve your writing career in many different ways.
Daniel David Wallace
Creator of Plotting and Planning Your Novel
Hi, I'm Daniel. I'm a writer, teacher, PhD researcher, and book editor. I create easy-to-implement techniques that help you master the craft of fiction.
I've given lectures on plot at the AWP conference and other writing festivals around the US, and my work has been read at the Iowa Writers Workshop. My fiction has won the Hodges prize, the Toni Brown scholarship, and I've published short stories and essays in many journals. In my regular life, I teach advanced writing skills at a great university.
Since I started teaching online, I've worked with hundreds of writers as a coach and teacher. Over five-thousand writers subscriber to my newsletter, "Writing Related."
I'm currently working with a publisher on a novel set in Taiwan: it involves unhappy English teachers and a ghost.
Copyright - Daniel David Wallace 2021