My current writing project has been stripping down the story of a past project I love in order to simplify and really focus on building up a strong character arc. In doing so, however, I’ve scrambled a few other parts of the plot, which compelled me to look more into plotting and how to do it most effectively. This naturally led me to romance author and my good writing friend, Noelle Pierce, who is brilliant at that stuff. She immediately recommended these blog articles by Janice Hardy and, I must say, they’re wonderful. Janice really paints a clear picture of what makes a strong novel and helps you map out (at least in your head) how to go about writing yours. Even if you’re leery of these kinds of guidelines for fear that they might make your book too formulaic, you should give it a read–she addresses that fear, too.
Each of these blog articles gives a look at a different style of plotting structures. Great reads.
- “How to plot with three-act structure”
- “Plotting with hero’s journey”
- “Plotting with Save the Cat beat sheet”