It feels like it took forever to make it through Chapter 3 of the You Can Write A Novel Kit , but I made writing progress in other areas. I’ve completed two short stories, one is scheduled for release in the October Nightmares and Dreams anthology written by members of the Midwest Children’s Authors Guild and the other has been submitted to Pill Hill Press for consideration.
In Chapter 3: Build A Framework for Your Novel’s Pieces, I created an outline from start to finished. Smith offers step by step guidance to help writers draft strong beginnings, middles and ends. I like how he explains what each section needs and then gives two to three examples to demonstrate it. Using his method, I have identified scenes that directly impact the climax as well as major scenes that move the story line, complicate the problem, develop characters and/or set up other scenes.
This process worked so well that I was tempted to stray from the book and jump straight to writing. I’m glad I didn’t and it appears I’m not the only one who gets bitten by the writing bug at this phase. Smith warns writers not to write major scenes at this point, because they may fizzle later. So, I was thrilled when I saw the title for the next chapter.
Chapter 4: Writer Your Novel: Putting Together The Pieces. I’m so ready for this chapter and as always will post my progress.