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The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of NaNoWriMo! Here are some thoughts on escalating the conflict you introduced in Day 1, revealing a little bit more about your protagonist, possibly introducing your contagonist and/or antagonist, bringing in setting elements, and more.


The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 1

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month!

Throughout the month of November, I’m going to be posting a story structure video every day. The videos will walk you through a basic three-act structure plot with two plot points, a midpoint, two pinch points, a climax and a resolution. This is an extremely flexible structure that can be adapted for almost any story you want to tell.

The videos will include brainstorming questions to help you dig deeper into your characters, bring your setting alive, and make sure your plot–whether you’re pantsing or following some sort of outline–has high points and low points in the right places.

Even if you don’t need help with story structure, the brainstorming questions will help you out with other aspects of your story.

Best wishes on your NaNoWriMo novel!


Interview and Contest at The Author’s Journal

The lovely Paula Millhouse interviews me on her blog, The Author’s Journal, about the evolution of the plot-as-you-go romance story blueprint and how this approach to writing can help both plotters and pantsers:


One lucky commenter will win a free copy of The 30 Day Novel Success Journal for Romance, just in time for NaNoWriMo!