Mid Week Motivator: Nano Prep Part 3

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After asking the question What if? And developing your characters. It is now time to decide to plot or not to plot.

Some like to see where the story takes them. Namely without plotting out your novel. This can be fun, adventurous and frustrating. Having done this, I found myself hitting roadblock. Often unsure of what will happen next.

Plotting can give you direction. It is helpful in knowing what will come next, which scenes to focus on. Connecting the dots between those smaller scenes to the larger scenes.

I prefer a happy medium. Enough of an outline and character development to lead the way. However still enough flexibility for those fly the pants moments. On other words a firm Plantser.

Mid Week Motivator: Nano Prep Part Two

After filling in your question to What if?
Now is time to fill in the blanks.

I usually begin with characters. They are the prism in which your story is told. Who are your main characters? Who are your minor characters?

Knowing who they are makes it easier to plot. That is if choose to do so, more on that in another post.

Fully develop your characters. Really get into their heads. Question both your hero’s and antagonists motivations. Interview them. By understanding who they are, it will help to understand the story you want to tell.