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The Building Blocks of a Novel, Part 3: Story and Plot

The Building Blocks of a Novel, Part 3: Story and Plot

Writing a novel is hard work. Everyone who has written a novel or tried to write one (or several) would most likely agree with that.

Much of the struggle today—besides from the writer’s fear of failure or judgment or feeling like a fraud or the like—is based in overcomplicating things. The fictional world the story is set in has to be rich in details, the characters complex and fully fleshed out, the scenes meticulously described, the characters’ actions explained so the reader gets what the writer wants to say or show, and so on.

That’s enough to get anyone overwhelmed.

There is, however, a way to make the process of writing a story a lot easier (at least in the beginning so you have a place to start because starting is the first step to actually getting somewhere). This solution I’m talking about is to simply break everything down into the most basic building blocks of a novel.

What is it that a novel truly needs? A world, a cast of characters, and a story/plot. This is the foundation of every novel and it is the place to start (you can figure out everything else later).

In this post, I’ll be writing about story and plot, the place they have in the novel, why they are important, and give you tips on how to structure and develop them to fit your novel.

What is a Scene and How to Write One: 9 Simple Steps

What is a Scene and How to Write One: 9 Simple Steps

Every story is built up with a varied number of scenes. In turn, every scene is built up with their own variables like location, character, time, plot, conflict, etc. To write a novel (or a short story, novella, etc.) you need to come to terms with that a story is written scene by scene (the length of your story will determine how many scenes you’ll need). It can, however, be tricky to write scenes—especially if you don’t exactly know what it means. It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea of thinking of a story being built up by scenes. Which is why I’ve written this blog post.

Here, I will share 9 steps on how to write a scene.

One Way to Beat Writer’s Block: Find the Interesting in Every Scene

One Way to Beat Writer’s Block: Find the Interesting in Every Scene

I have found that writer’s block can be beaten with something as simple as finding the interesting in every scene that make up your story. It will always be easier to write when feeling intrigued by what you create. In this blog post, I will therefore show you a simple way to beat writer’s block by finding the interesting in every scene of your story.