This book will help you get excited to plan your novel. The tools shared here are designed to spark your muse and give you confidence when you sit down to write your story. Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It! is for organic writers and pansters who want a roadmap to follow, so that they can let their creativity loose.
"Beth's book is like plotting for pantsers!"--Tess Rider, Science Fantasy Romance Author
We know that you have other activities in your life besides writing, and that writing your novels is important to you. You can plan your novel in a way that fits into your life. We know, because we've done it, multiple times!
Based on the popular course, Plan Your Novel: 30-Day Writing Challenge, this book is organized into 4 sections, so that you can do the exercises over a one-month period.
If you're planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or Camp NaNo, this course will get you ready and give you everything you need to write a novel in 30 days.
This book is for you if you have never written a novel, have always wanted to, and still feel lost on how to go from brilliant idea to The End, then you will be stretched in new and different ways; or if you're an experienced novelist, with 1 or 2 completed or partially completed novels under your bed, and you're stuck somehow. You may find this course structured in a way that's new to you and yet familiar; or if you have 3 or more unfinished novels sitting in a drawer, and always hit that sagging middle and lose focus or lose interest, this course will help you dream up exciting ways to torture, I mean challenge, your characters all the way to story resolution.
With this book, you'll be able to believe that you can write a novel; step into a sense of satisfaction and creative accomplishment; cet excited for NaNoWriMo, and of course, plan your novel
If you want to write novels, novellas, and short stories -- page-turning fiction like mystery, thriller, romance, suspense, fantasy, science fiction, women's fiction, and mash-ups of these -- for the Adult, Young Adult, New Adult, and Middle Grade Reader market.
Here is the list of chapters:
Introduction & Essential Tips
Chapter 1: Essential Character Tips for Fiction Writers
Chapter 2: Essential Plot Tips for Fiction Writers
Week One: Elevator Pitch, What-If Pitch & Short Synopsis
Chapter 3: Elevator Pitch
Chapter 4: The What-If Pitch by Ezra Barany
Chapter 5: Your Story Synopsis
Week Two: Get to Know Your Main Characters
Chapter 6: Interview Your Characters
Chapter 7: Uncover Your Characters' Core Beliefs And Identity And How They Change
Chapter 8: Your Characters' Secrets
Chapter 9: Draft Your Character's Emotional Core With The Empathy Formula
Chapter 10: The Character Relationship Map
Chapter 11: Focusing on What to Write
Week Three: Story Plot Points & World Building
Chapter 12: Uncover Your Character's Worst Fears to Discover Your Story Conflicts
Chapter 13: World Building: Questions to Brainstorm
Chapter 14: Your Story's Structure
Chapter 15: The Question Toolbox
Week Four: Scene-By-Scene Outline And Plotting
Chapter 16. High-Concept Pitch
Chapter 17: Design Your Plot with the Problem-Solution Tool
Chapter 18: Five Essential Stages Of A Scene (And Of Story!)
Chapter 19: Scene Setup: Storyboarding
Chapter 20: Scene-by-Scene Outline
Next Steps: Write Your Novel
Resources for Further Reading and Study
About the Author
Award-winning author, Beth Barany writes in two genres: young adult fantasy and magical contemporary romance.
Inspired by living abroad in France twice and Quebec once, she loves creating magical tales of romance and adventure to enchant readers into new worlds where anything is possible.
In her off hours, Beth enjoys walking, reading and watching movies, and traveling, with her husband, author and singer/song writer Ezra Barany.
Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California with her husband, a cat named Leo, and over 1,000 books.
When not writing or playing, Beth runs her own company helping novelists as a book midwife and teacher to help them write, market, and publish their books. She holds authors’ hands while they push their book out into the world. More resources here: http://author.bethbarany.com/bio-beth-barany/resources-for-authors/.
More about Beth at http://author.bethbarany.com.