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Plotting Methods For Novels: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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Amanda J Evans

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Last week’s column looked at storyboarding so this week I thought we’d continue with the same topic, but this week look at the different plotting methods that are available to novel writers. There are a number of different options including the snowflake methods, so hopefully the links and resources I’ve chosen this week will help you discover the method that will work best for your writing process.

  1. https://www.well-storied.com/blog/finding-the-novel-outlining-process-that-works-for-you – Finding the Novel Outlining Process that Works for You: This article discusses four popular outlining methods that novelists can use. You can listen to it via the podcast or read the text. The outlining methods include: the synopsis outline, the in-depth outline, the snowflake methods, and the bookend method. There are also plenty of tips for outlining your novel including information on developing your premise, finding the right framework and structure and defining your characters.
  2. https://prowritingaid.com/art/387/Six-Tried-and-Tested-Methods-for-Writing-a-Novel.aspx – Six Tried and Tested Methods for Writing a Novel: This fabulous guide looks at six different methods and then looks at which one might be the best one to use. The methods include the snowflake method, the 30 day method, the 5-step method, writing from the middle method, the 5-draft method, and the novel factory method.
  3. https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/ – The Snowflake Method for Designing a Novel: This article provides a 10 step method on how to use the snowflake method for plotting your novel. It begins by discussing the importance of design followed by the tens steps to designing your novel using the snowflake method. This is a detailed article and well worth reading if you want to try the snowflake method.
  4. https://www.nownovel.com/blog/7-ways-write-plot-outline/ – Plot Outline Creation: 7 Smart Methods: This article looks at 7 different methods you can use to outline your novel. The methods include, the traditional approach, the synopsis, the snowflake method, the three-act structure, the hero’s journey, the Freytag plot outline, draft zero or discovery draft. Each method listed contains and explanation and some further links.
  5. https://jerichowriters.com/hub/plot/ – Outline Your Novel Fast, Easily and Well With This Simple Story Template: This guide from Jericho Writers is packed full of great information. It gives an overview of a novel outline template along with examples of how to use it. This is followed by information on developing your story outline and using subplots. After this, you’ll find advanced techniques which includes the plot building tool the snowflake method. There are also methods for how to fix things in your plot with methods like mirroring and adding an edge. There are links to additional guides at the bottom of the article that focus more on plotting too and you can get free plotting worksheets.
  6. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/4-techniques-for-outlining-novels#4-classic-methods-of-creating-a-novel-outline – How to Choose a Plot Outline method: 4 Technique for Outlining Novels: This is an article from Masterclass which includes an overview of what a novel outline is, 3 questions all outlines should answer, and 4 classic methods you can use, and 5 tips for outlining your novel. The 4 methods discussed are the synopsis outline, the in-depth outline, the snowflake method, and the bookend method.
  7. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/09/14/25-ways-to-plot-plan-and-prep-your-story/ – 25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep Your Story: This article comes from Chuck Wendig’s TerribleMinds blogs which is fantastic for all writers. In true Wendig style, this blog post looks at 25 methods you can use to plot and plan your novel. I love that he says he’s a pantser at heart and plotter by necessity and the 25 methods he lists are great and sure to help spark some creative ideas.

I hope you enjoyed the links today and have a better understanding of the methods available to you when it comes to plotting and planning your novel even if you are a pantser. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

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About the author

Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

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