Have you ever found yourself stumbling over where to start on a new novel? I have.
So, below I’ve come up with five questions to ask yourself before you get started writing.
1. Who is the main character or the heart of the story?
2. Who is the antagonist?
3. What threatens your main character?
4. What is the catalyst that sets the story in motion?
5. Where does the story end?
If you’ve answered all five of these you should have at least some idea as to the direction your story is headed.
I hope you found this blog post helpful in some way. If you did, drop me a like or a comment below.
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Stacey Jaine McIntosh was born in Perth, Western Australia where she still resides with her husband and their four children.
Although her first love has always been writing, she once toyed with being a Cartographer and subsequently holds a Diploma in Spatial Information Services.
Since 2011 she has had over two dozen short stories and drabbles printed for online consumption and in various anthologies, both in print and forth coming. She has also had two poems accepted for publication.
Stacey is also the author of Solstice, Morrighan & Lost and she is currently working on several other projects simultaneously.
She specialises in writing Paranormal Romance and Celtic inspired fairy tales.
When not with her family or writing she enjoys reading, photography, genealogy, history, Arthurian myths and witchcraft.
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2 thoughts on “5 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Novel”
As a pantser, I have to admit that I don’t really think things out other than the final scene before starting. That’s resulted in manuscript full of plot holes and inconsistent characters though. Have begun outlining more as a result. This is a good list, thanks for sharing!
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You’re welcome. I’ve found starting with this base list helps even if I don’t have a solid chapter by chapter outline to write from.