The Bones of Plotting in a Saturated Market


So, you have decided to write a book. You have learned your craft. You know your writing voice, how to structure your paragraphs, you have the writing part down. Here is the part where I tell you a little secret—lots and lots of people can learn to write. They can learn to craft a beautiful paragraph, even a few pages. The difference between a writer and an author comes down to one thing, learning to plot successfully.
I think it’s fair to say that plotting a book is harder than learning to write. Having the ability to crank out a few hundred pages that readers will be chomping at the bit to read is, quite frankly, the hardest part of writing. To complete a novel is an amazing accomplishment, but completing a novel people want to finish reading is another thing.
So, how is it done? How do you create the bones of a story that will birth an entire world between two covers, or within the e-reader, of a fan who can’t wait to tell someone about the book they just read?
This is a step-by-step guide. You can use it to edit what you have already done or birth something new, but by the end, you will understand the basics and have a jumping off point.

Read the entire article in the April 2020 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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