Planning your story – a checklist for success: and win Nail Your Novel in print!

chapbkI could have called this post ‘pantsing – a capsule wardrobe’, but along with novel-nailing that might have been a metaphor too far.

Some writers plan to the ennnnnth degree. Before they write, they prepare a trunkload of ideas, route maps and background. Then we have the scribblers who travel light. Just the barest plot twist, perhaps a skinnily-honed last line or a little black denouement. (Actually, I’m warming to this wardrobe theme.)

So if you’re in the former category, what mustn’t you forget? And if the latter, what’s the bare minimum you can get away with?

Today I’m at a festival called Chapter Book Challenge, a month-long event that aims to galvanise writers to write a chapter book in just a month. I’m zoning in on the essentials for the drafting process – and as an added bonus, commenters on the post (THAT post, not this one!) will get entered into a draw to win a paperback copy of Nail Your Novel, original flavour, which is packed with essentials for getting you from first idea to final draft. Come on over to find out what every well-dressed novel is wearing...

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  1. #1 by symplysilent on March 4, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    I tried commenting on your other blog, but that page would not accept my wordpress link.

    • #2 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on March 4, 2014 - 10:02 pm

      It’s not my blog, Silent… and I just found that too. I’ll see if I can alert the organisers. Sometimes the problem is the WordPress login. If you try a different one you might be allowed in. If the worst comes to the worst, I think there’s a box to tick as ‘anonymous’ and you could spell out your email or blog name in a way that will let them find you but avoid spam bots.

      • #3 by symplysilent on March 4, 2014 - 10:07 pm

        Thank you – I might have actually gotten it to take. Sorry to complain. Silent

        • #4 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on March 5, 2014 - 12:43 am

          I emailed them after I replied to you – so your complaint may have done the trick!

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