Updated: May 11, 2021
Piecing together your first novel
Plotting your first novel is a multi-step process. There are many different approaches and mindsets when it comes to plotting a novel. Whether you’re new to writing or you’ve already written novels before, the following step by step guide should be considered:
Begin with a compelling premise
Include a central conflict
Choose a structure
Lay out a storyline
Cause and effect
Write a detailed outline
Tie up those loose ends
Remember character development
Plan and execute character and chapter profiles to maintain consistency throughout your writing. This will help the writer to maintain accuracy, while having a quick reference to refer to.
Your first chapter is a showcase for the content to come. so, imagine you have sent the first three chapters of your novel to your agent. Will those chapters persuade the agent to sign you up?
Agents have very little time to read your chapters, so your first page needs to be beautifully written, polished and have an attention-grabbing opening that will serve to save you from the rejection pile.