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How To Plan Your Novel Using The Three-Act Structure

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Writing a novel is hard, especially if you’ve never done it before. You’ve spent hours researching, building your world and becoming an expert on your characters. Now you’re ready for the next step: planning (also known as plotting).

While some people like to write organically (letting the story take you in whatever direction feels right), having a detailed outline can help make the novel-writing process a lot less daunting and overwhelming. But how exactly do you plan a novel?

Essentially, there is no right or wrong way to outline your novel. Each story is different and needs to be told in a different way.

However, if you need a bit more guidance on how to plot out the next bestseller you know you have inside you, the three-act structure might be for you.

Defining The Three-Act Structure

The three-act structure is a popular screenwriting technique that revolves around constantly creating set-ups, conflicts and resolutions. With this structure…

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An Introduction to Arcs: Laying the Foundations for the Rocky Road of Writing

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A Story Arc is a way of feeling how your story develops throughout the work; where a character’s conflicts and challenges lie and where they may succeed and fail in meeting them.

People think in different ways about story arcs but it can be useful to have a consistent set of tools to draw on. Some people like to draw their story out as graphs but I sometimes like to think about parts of the arc as different ways of doing something. An example might be taking a walk along a quiet pavement, strolling through pleasant meadows, coasting through rolling hills, soaring through wild mountains and plunging into deep valleys. Oh and there’s the occasional lunatic with a sledgehammer thrown in for good measure.

Now that we’ve got those aids which we can sense, let’s use them:

Let’s imagine we’re writing a story and so we’re going to take a…

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