Tip #20: Planning Your Novel In 3 Steps (for NaNoWriMo)

I have a rough plot in my mind, but I very rarely plan that much. I jot down ideas on scraps of paper or notebooks as they come to me and then get them down! Simples! 😉

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How to

Recently, I’ve been publishing tips which are quite abstract (e.g. Write For Money, Keep Up With The Times). This post is a lot more focused and aims to give purely practical advice on how to plan a novel. I didn’t actually get this information from the how-to book in the featured image (I’m relying on my own experience such as it is), but I thought it would be worthwhile showing you what other resources are out there.

Step 1: Flying among the clouds

The heading is a bit fanciful, but at this stage that’s exactly where your mind should be. You need to let your imagination run wild and unchecked. Come up with an idea for a story, decide who its main characters are and how you want it to end. Chances are that if you’re reading this post, you’ve already finished this step. If not, then generate…

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Canadian Review

I was delighted to find, when I looked on the Canadian Amazon site, this lovely review! My only Canadian one, so far!

Picture of book cover of Richard Liveth Yet

5.0 out of 5 starsLoved this book Oct. 13 2015
By Marianne Strype
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“Loved this book. I understand the author is writing another and can’t wait for this. Could not put it down.”
And here is my latest review on the English site:
5.0 out of 5 starsdefinitely in my top ten list for my most enjoyed novels about Richard III
on 11 October 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
“This book is definitely in my top ten list for my most enjoyed novels about Richard III. In some sections sad and in other parts of the book absolutely hilarious. This is the first book that I have read about Richard III that made me laugh out loud a couple of times. The book brings a smile to my face when I think about it. I would love to tell you my favourite parts of the book but I won’t because it might spoil the pleasant surprises in store for future readers”
Thank you to everyone who has left a review – I really appreciate it!

Setting is Crucial to Your Story

Yes, i agree with this, but it’s easy to go over the top and do too much scene-setting too.

A Writer's Path

Setting

by L.A. Murphy

One of the most important things to consider when writing anything is the setting. Where, when and why are the questions I always ask myself when I write anything. Is the setting realistic? Too obvious? Too vague? Is it present, past or future? Is it in a little time pocket all of it’s own? Most importantly, why? Why have I chosen the place and is it significant.

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Signed copies! – Ideal for Christmas :-)

Pic of book Richard Liveth Yet

Yes, it’s November, and you will be starting to think about buying your Christmas presents, so if you have an avid book-reader, a history buff, a time travel fantasy fan or a Ricardian on your list, how about giving them something really special:  A signed copy of my first novel, Richard Liveth Yet?  They are just £10 plus p & p. Just drop me an email to jrlarner@aol.com

And if you would like to read it on your Kindle, you can download it here for just £1.99

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Malmsey Wine – A poem about George, Duke of Clarence, Richard’s brother

 

Aged_white_wine_with_brown_colorMalmsey Wine

Don’t cry my son, it’s just a graze
I know what can bring you cheer
You’ll love the taste, so sweet, so fine
Better than beer – Malmsey wine

Chorus:

Malmsey wine, fine and sweet
Malmsey wine, you I seek
Malmsey wine, heal the pain
Malmsey wine: oblivion

I know you’re sad, your wife is dead
What can I do to help?
A glimpse of heaven, taste divine
To give you comfort, Malmsey wine

Chorus:

Malmsey wine, fine and sweet
Malmsey wine, you I seek
Malmsey wine, heal the pain
Malmsey wine: oblivion

Your anger is just, life so unfair
You go too far, you must beware
A new use now they will find
A path to death, Malmsey wine

Chorus:

Malmsey wine, fine and sweet
Malmsey wine, you I seek
Malmsey wine, heal the pain
Malmsey wine: oblivion

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Richard’s Playlist (27) – It’s All Coming back To Me Now by Celine Dion

When Rose and Richard visit Middleham, Richard’s old home, he acts as guide and tells Rose all about the layout and how it was when he lived there. I used the song by Celine Dion: It’s All Coming Back To Me Now to illustrate this scene

You can read the whole story in Richard Liveth Yet.

Pic of Celine DionCeline Dion in concert

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Richard’s Playlist (26) – Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

Richard reminisces about his grief when his son and wife died – how she gave up through grief for her only son, even though he, too needed her. I chose the lovely song, Need You Now by Lady Antebellum to illustrate this poignant scene. Check out this post too, which is also relevant to the way Richard feels.

Pic of Lady AntebellumLady Antebellum

To read about it in more detail click here to download: Richard Liveth Yet

 

 

 

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Richard’s Playlist (25) – An Englishman in New York by Sting

Rose and Richard visit his old haunts in Yorkshire and Richard finds everything has changed since his time so I thought the title An Englishman in New York, was appropriate – it is  a ‘new’ York to Richard!

Pic of Sting at Madison Square GardensSting performing at Madison Square Gardens

Read more about Richard and Rose in Richard Liveth Yet

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Richard’s Playlist (24) – Music by John Miles

This is the last scene in Chapter 3 and all I can say is: Richard at the Proms! The title had to be Music by John Miles and I even found a video of a live version by him on a tour called Night of the Proms!  How appropriate.

Pic of John MilesJohn Miles in 2014

If you would like to read more of Richard’s adventures in the 21st century, the book, Richard Liveth Yet, is available in print on Blurb (£7.35 plus postage) or as a Kindle download on Amazon (£1.99)

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