Prep-tober Week Three: Craft Strong Characters

Prep-tober Week Three: Craft Strong Characters

Characters are at the heart of any novel. You want your characters to be relatable and drive your plot forward. They are also an excellent tool to hook your readers and get them to continue reading your book. Therefore, it is essential that you get to know your characters beyond a surface level. If this is something you struggle with or something you want to get better at doing, be sure to take note of these five tips!

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Story Bible 101

Story Bible 101

Maybe you're reading the title and asking, "What the heck is a Story Bible?!" A Story Bible, my friends, is a compilation of all the important details and facts in your story. It makes it easier for you to locate characters and their backgrounds, setting details, and everything else you need to know. What you include, and how detailed you make it, is up to you, making it perfect for either a pantser or plotter.

How do you create one?

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How I Outline

How I Outline

Today I'm going to show you how I outline my novels. I'm a plotter, but to the extreme. I like everything to be written down, outlined, organized, and easily accessible. Last year, I came across a YouTube video by Kat O'Keeffe at Katytastic. In the video, she describes the 3 Act, 9 Block, 27 Chapter story structure she uses to outline. If you prefer to use Scrivener to outline, she has another video where she uses the same method, within Scrivener, to outline her novel.

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Plot Bunny to Novel in Five Easy Steps

Plot Bunny to Novel in Five Easy Steps

If you're anything like me, maybe you haven't started writing yet because you have this wonderful, amazing, fabulous plot bunny hopping around in your head, aka a story idea, and you don't know how to cage that thing and turn it into an actual novel.

You aren't alone. Ask any author, established or not, myself included, and they'll tell you they've had the same problem. But you're going to have an easier time than everyone else because you're going to follow these five easy steps below, and flesh out your idea into an easy, manageable novel so you can finally start writing.

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