Planning a Novel

Since I’m taking a screenwriting class this semester, I’ve decided to incorporate some of what I’m learning here!  So, for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to tackle the idea of planning out a novel through some new techniques I’ve learned.

I’ve had to adapt them a little, because some of the ideas wouldn’t work the same way for planning a novel that it does when you’re plotting out a screenplay.  The principle, though, is still the same.

Today, we’re going to look at the Notecard Method, which I’ve adapted.  For planning a screenplay, if you follow this method, you would write down every single last action the character was supposed to commit throughout the entire script so that you can look at them one after another to see what works and what doesn’t.

What I’m going to suggest is putting a small (one or two sentences) description of each chapter you intend to incorporate.  Then, you look at them in order and see what works and what doesn’t, or maybe which chapters need to be reordered.

Honestly, I haven’t used this yet, although I think it would be interesting to try it the next time I start.  The technique for next week is probably the one I like better.  However, the Notecard Method is definitely a way to thoroughly cover all your bases as you’re planning out your novel.  What do you think?

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