Act III: The Result

Act III is the outcome of your novel and should take up roughly, 25-10% of the novel. To close the category on how to write the beginning of your novel I am going to outline the structure that each act in a novel should have. The source that I used to gather this information is…

Act II: The Clash

Act II of your novel, otherwise known as the middle of your novel, should make up roughly 50-65% of your novel. To close the category on how to write the beginning of your novel I am going to outline the structure that each act in a novel should have. The source that I used to…

Act I: The Foundation

Act I of your story is the base that you will construct everything from. To close the category on how to write the beginning of your novel I am going to outline the structure that each act in a novel should have. The source that I used to gather this information is Joseph Bates’s book The…

The Positive Change Arc

Now that we are wrapping up the steps you’ll need to take when planning, crafting, and writing the beginning of your novel let’s get into the details of the positive change character arc. There is more than one type of character arc that your protagonist can follow (as in the negative change arc and the…

In Pursuit of Believing

This is something that can get tricky. If you’re writing a fantasy novel of some kind then you are probably going to have to create an ideology for a group of people, animals, or things. In my case, writing about a society of meerkats, I had to think about what these creatures believe. I asked…

Conflict In Real Life (Well, Real Enough)

What generated more conflict in “The Lion King”, Scar or Simba’s guilt? Answer: Neither. They both contribute to Simba’s overall conflict. Why? In Disney’s “The Lion King” (spoiler alert!) Simba blames himself for his fathers death, when really it was the antagonist of the movie, Simba’s uncle Scar, who was responsible. Throughout the movie Simba…

Apollo Invents Yo-Yos

Apollo was disappointed to find only Ares in the meeting hall of Olympus as he entered; his newest invention secured in his hand. Ares didn’t notice him at first, the god of war was pacing and muttering to himself. “If the Spartans attack the Athenians again then there will be another ten-year war, but if…

Apollo Invents Ice Cream (And Vampires)

Apollo brandished a clay bowl in the palm of his hand, inserting it into his twin’s face. Artemis’s silvery eyes crossed as she tried and failed to determine what inhabited the bowl. “Apollo,” she pushed the bowl away with one finger as if it was infectious, “what is that?”             Apollo lifted his prominent nose….

POV

Now, it’s time to think about the point of view (POV) that your novel will be told from. There are four POVs that your novel could be told from: first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. First person POV is when the story is told directly from the main character’s perspective…

Themes Just Happen

Next up, is identifying the theme of your novel. Most likely you’ll be able to apply a universal them to your novel, something that is a widely known and easily relatable. Examples of these themes are: coming of age, unrequited love, sacrifice, good triumphs over evil, money doesn’t equate to happiness, and so on. The…