How to write a novel

Wednesday, July 1

The Question "What If?" is a writer's best friend. You can ask yourself this question at any stage of your novel. If your stuck, if you can't think of a book to write, if the ending isn't to your satisfaction; "What if...?"

Starting a novel: "What if a boy receives a letter telling him he's a wizard?"

Moving the plot along: "What if he defeated an evil wizard as a baby?'
"What if a troll goes into the girl's bathroom?"
"What if he becomes a seeker?"
"What if he gets past the three-headed dog?" (Hopefully this is starting to sound familiar to you.)

Ending: "What if he defeats the evil wizard? What are the consequences?"

Look at your book. Are there some plot points you could improve? ("What if my hero does_________instead?")

Are you stuck? ("What if the hero does ________?")

Another good question to ask yourself after "what if" is "What are the consequences?"
How does your character's actions affect what happens next?

4 comment(s):

Patrick Sunday, September 20, 2009  

You're referring to the Harry Potter book right? Love the series.. =D

story_weaver Sunday, September 20, 2009  

My favorite is the sixth.

Patrick Sunday, September 20, 2009  

Hey, that's my favourite too. The same goes for the movie.

story_weaver Sunday, September 20, 2009  

I LOVE the movie! (Maybe I even like it more than the book itself...)

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