Today, I'll be continuing my review of the webinar, How to Plot and Structure Your Novel by Cheryl Klein. Let's talk about the ten Basic Principles of novel writing.
1) Write your story: First drafts are just that. Let the words fly!
2.) On your second draft, tighten up the plot by focusing on your points. Learn about points here.
3.) Identify plot points by changes: Does a change of some kind happen in the course of your book?
4.) The change should happen to the protagonist.
5.) Action Plot & Emotional Plot (more on that tomorrow)
6.) When the change happens, it is the start of the emotional plot.
7.) Plot ends when the change is over or points have been achieved.
8.) When you reach the climax, the book should end within three chapters.
9.) Entertainment comes from the Action Plot, Meaning comes from the Emotional Plot.
10.) Plot matters only if readers are interested in the character(s) involved.