How to Plot a Novel

43 thoughts on “How to Plot a Novel

  1. Could you make a video explaining how to plot a novel with several main characters and several situations going on at the same time (kind of like the Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones) ? Cause i'm really struggling right now to have all my characters' goals 'fit' each other.
    PS : your videos are amazing, thanks a lot !

  2. This is more or less what I have been doing, so at least I know I've been on the right track thus far. You explained a better writing process than, say, sitting down and making some list or snowflake chart. This is much more full-proof, thanks!

  3. Love your videos. Your advice and experience are so helpful. I will get in touch when I finish the novel I am writing now.

  4. Scrivener works really well to do this.

    This is my second time viewing this.
    I want to keep coming back to keep me on track.

  5. So glad I found you! This video is extremely informative! Thank you for posting this! I can’t wait to watch your other videos ❤️

  6. Do you still do first page Fridays? I'm an artist learning to write my own stories. I have ideas but plotting them out to tell a good stories is a little more complicated than I thought.

  7. Hi guys, I just finished writing my dystopian novel. I’d appreciate it if you guys gave it a read

  8. That was the best explanation of the concepts underpinning the plotting process I have ever come across!

    You rock! Thanks very much. 😆👍

  9. This – and all your vids – are fantastic, Ellen. I constantly have random ideas – snippets – and this will help me start post-it noting them to see how they may connect then flow. Much appreciated.

  10. This is exactly where I've been hung up in my writings! Making my stories flow to where it makes sense as to why my characters react to the stimuli the way I describe in the story. I've had real trouble with arbitrariness. Thank you so much for this information, plotting may be my saving grace!

  11. Yep. I've just finished my first draft after pantsing it, and unsurprisingly, it's a mess. There are parts I like and I still like the idea, but massive areas are going to have to be replotted and rewritten

  12. I decided it would be best for me to plot point my series by using the hero’s journey as a guideline

  13. I have a hard time with pacing. My books are either too slow or too fast. Thanks for the pointers. I need all the help I can get.

  14. "Chain reaction" really changed my perspective? It's like, this important thing wouldn't have happened without this thing that doesn't seem important until you see the important thing. I feel like plotting now. Thanks!

  15. Thank you so much for making videos, I hope you continue to do so! +1 Subscriber! I would love to have you read the beginnings of my novel <3

  16. I am writing a character driven novelette. So I make a connection (As in a location) it is always connected to one of the main characters. I never write about something just for the sake of writing because I find a particular thing interesting, although I would like to.

    My problem is that I get closer to the end of the story (which started out as a screenplay that I wrote) I find myself falling into screenwriting elements like the Final Push, etc.

    Any advice.

  17. it all started on a dark and windy night- i was a pizza deliveryman with a large Italian sausage ….

  18. Is it possible to write a short novel if you don't know the ENDING?! I mean, can you have PLANNED everything (say) 75%, and then hope that the remaining conclusion magically appears in your mind once you arrive at it's doorstep?

  19. 4:02 Chekov's gun? Is that really what you are telling these kids? Well I disagree, having things that exist in periphery of the story is what makes a universe feel alive and breathing. I usually stick loads of small stuff in there just to add either familiarity to the setting, some kids having their first drink at a beech, or to make the setting seem different from real life as to widen the reader frame of references. Those two especially work well together, pull them in then throw them of somewhat and then reign them in again. Close enough to be able to empathize with the setting and the people there but different enough that it challenges the readers preconceptions. Harry Potter does this really well, there's loads of pointless wierdness all the time, but by anchoring the story in other things that are familiar it keeps the story from snapping the reader's mind. Though Rowling does play it a bit to close for comfort in her earlier books at times.

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