How To Write Like A Novelist

Almost everyone wants to write the Great American Novel at some point in their lives. There are even psuedo-contests like National Novel Writing Month to help them do exactly that. Far too many people get intimidated by the fifty thousand words required by the event, not realizing that it is actually relatively easy to do. There are some easy steps in order to make that challenge seem a lot easier, and make it something anyone can do. It is just a matter of getting organized, preferably before the event. There are two things you need to get organized: your cast, your story, and your support. You will probably need to create an outline for your plot. You should either start with your plot idea and then populate it as you go, or start with your characters. Either way, you will need a hero or heroine, the person who challenges him or her, and a supporting cast for each of them. All told, you will probably need at least six to eight characters to start, but keep in mind that your core cast will probably end up being a dozen or more characters. Your plot will need to be divided into …

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