Ways to Write Smarter (not harder)
Are you working on the rough draft of your novel and feeling like you might be spinning your wheels? Do you have a great story idea, but no clear roadmap? Never fear. There's a way forward.
Using these simple but effective tips can help get both you and your story focused.
1) Get clear on your point
What are you trying to say about the human condition? What do you want the reader to take away by the end?
2) Identify POV
Ask yourself whose story you're telling, and make sure it's reflected in both point of view and narration.
3) Identify the arc of change
Brainstorm your character's arc of change; who are they at the beginning of the story versus at the end?
4) Create a plot timeline
Map out big events, and don't forget to consider both internal and external factors.
5) Include cause-and-effect
Sketch out scenes that have a cause-and-effect trajectory (formula: Because THIS happens, then THAT happens next).
As both an author and book coach, I can tell you it's usually never about the story idea. It's the structure - the way in which you are telling it - that sometimes gets in the way of progress.
If you're able to fine tune each of these elements, you can go out and write your best work yet.