Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Plot is when a character pursues a goal, conflict arises, and a resolution is reached. It is your novel's main goal and what your character ultimately wants to achieve. I want to preface this post by saying I already have a blog post that you can find here, where I discuss the most common and easiest plot structure: The Three Act Structure.  I also discuss the 27 Chapter Plot Structure I use here. However, I want to reiterate that there’s no right way to write. What works for one person, may not work for another. The point is to use what works best, and don’t be scared to adapt as you go along.

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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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Plot Bunny to Outline (My Personal Five-Step Process)

Plot Bunny to Outline (My Personal Five-Step Process)

If you follow me on Twitter @authorjadeyoung (shameless self-promotion), you might know that I'm pushing my current WIP (Quarter-Life Crisis) aside and working on a new WIP for NaNoWriMo. I'm not going to reveal what that new WIP is about yet, but be on the lookout for an upcoming blog post soon where I'll talk about it a little more. However, with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I wanted to jump on here and describe how I take my plot bunnies or story ideas, and turn them into something beautiful. 

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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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