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Plot: Setting Up the Sequel, #Preptober Day 31

Happy Halloween! Today's the last day of Preptober, so in case you missed my previous posts, be sure to take a look at the Preptober page to catch up. Let's talk about setting up your sequel. Even if you weren't planning on setting up a sequel, you may find this info useful. After all, cliffhangers are great for sprinkling throughout your manuscript to keep readers turning pages. As Continue Reading...

Plot: Resolution, #Preptober Day 30

Yesterday we talked about how to reach your novel's climax, so today we're talking about resolution. Preptober is almost over – we have just ONE DAY LEFT! – and so this is the perfect time to talk about how to end your novel. It might sound simple, but it's a little bit more complicated than just writing "THE END" after the last sentence you wrote. So, how can you crush your novel's Continue Reading...

Plot: Climax, #Preptober Day 29

Preptober is almost over! That means NaNoWriMo is almost here! Where did all the time go?! With just three days left in the month of October, it's time to talk about the climax of your story. First, just what is a climax, and why do you need one? The obvious answer is that this is the Big Moment that your whole story has been leading up to, whether it's a big reveal (Clark Kent is really Continue Reading...

Plot: Twists, #Preptober Day 28

PLOT TWIST! The plot twist is the simplest solution to any perceived problem in your novel, and is often shouted by frustrated NaNoWriMo novelists who have found their "Eureka!" moment. Plot twists are also a) necessary, b) unavoidable, and c) a great way to keep your reader from getting bored. Let's explore. First, what's a plot twist? It can be as simple as an unexpected action Continue Reading...

Plot: Fill, #Preptober Day 27

As noted yesterday, today's goal is to start filling in the gaps between the big plot points you sketched out yesterday. Now, I don't want to give away my whole novel here, so I'll spare you all the minute details of my own plot, but the basic idea is to keep building on your outline. Right now you've got several big scenes chunked out, so fill in additional important scenes that will take you Continue Reading...