Another priceless resource I used in my writing process was K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel Workbook“. Although I didn’t use the workbook in conjunction with her book “Structuring Your Novel” I found it incredibly helpful as a stand alone tool.
If you’re confused about how fiction books are structured, K.M. Weiland’s workbook will take you step-by-step in understanding and planning your plot points. Her books are clear and to the point.
K.M. is full of additional and free resources as well, but she is a powerhouse when it comes to structure.
I recognize there is controversy whether to plan or not but if you, at least, take the time to establish your hook, plot point one, two, three, and the climax of your story you will save yourself hours of stress and frustration. How do I know? Experience.
I hired an amazing editor who used to work for Harper Collins. I can’t say enough awesome things about her and even though I have plenty of edits for my novel I do NOT have rewrites, plot holes, issues with dialogue, and I only have minor characterization issues with one character. Not only would I have spent hundreds of dollars more if I had the above issues I might have given up when the edits came back.
Until Next Time…