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At Live Write Thrive, C.S. Lakin always has great tips. With NaNoWriMo coming up I thought this would be a great help.
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How You Can Avoid Making Structural Mistakes in Your Novel
by C.S. Lakin
I’ve spent more than three decades writing novels. And at first I had no clue what I was doing.
Like many people, I think it would be a cinch to write a novel. I read voraciously, so why wouldn’t I just intuitively know how to construct a novel?
This is what a whole lot of people think. But perhaps you know the truth by now: writing a terrific novel is complex, like building a house. You have to have the “big picture” in mind the while time you are plotting and writing. And that’s like spinning a dozen plates at one time.
It’s doable, but it does take practice.
So after spending three decades dropping a lot of plates, I spent a ton of time tearing the novel-writing process apart. During those years I attended plenty of writing conferences and retreats and workshops. I read lots of books on the craft, and when the Internet became part of daily life, I started reading blog posts and listening to podcasts and doing all I could to get novel construction under my belt.
Did I make a lot of mistakes? Heck yeah.
I spent years doing things wrong. I didn’t get scene structure—or novel structure, for that matter. Mostly because I didn’t get that there were some basic rules or principles to structure.
I hated the thought of following a formula. I didn’t want to write like everyone else. I wanted to be unique.
And if you get only one thing from today’s post, make it this:
Read the full post on Live Write Thrive.