Welcome to the Novel Writing Help Blog, the place to come to read all the new material (and updated old material) added to the website.
You might be wondering how much more I have to say about writing. Isn't the site complete already? Yes and no...
Yes in the sense that, at the time of writing (May 2012), I have completed the main body of the work - the stuff that actually teaches you how to write a novel.
No in the sense that - well, I still have plenty of other things left to say on the subject. For example...
Anyway, enough talk. Whatever I write that is new or updated, this is the place to find it.
Plotting a novel is a long and not entirely straightforward business. Out of all the tasks that you have to perform during the planning stage, writing a plot is by far the largest.
Writers can become very attached to fictional characters when working on a novel. Not that I need to tell you that, because I'm sure you've already discovered it for yourself.
When you think about it, a plot in a novel is ultimately all about character change. Without the character undergoing a transformation, there would be little point in writing or reading fiction at all.
Writing ideas are made up of four basic ingredients: character, plot, theme and setting. Don't fall into the trap of coming up with an idea for just one of these things.
Theme in literature is a topic you don't find covered in many novel writing guides - at least not in any depth. This might make you think that themes aren't important.
Logically, there is no need for chapters in novels at all. You, the writer, could start the book on page one and keep going right to the end.