The Writing

This is where you get down to the nitty gritty. Whether you're a plotter or a panster this is where you get into your story and your characters. If you're a panster you need to know your characters. They drive the story. If you don't know your characters you'll have a problem getting the story down.


What works best for me is giving myself a minimum of 100 words a day as my goal. I also have a spreadsheet set up that calculates a random number every day and that's the number I actually shoot for. I've set it up so it's always more than 100 words. Putting the internal editor in the closet and just writing works for me. I know I'll have to go back and revise - a lot - but at least I have something to revise.

Where to start

Fiction Factor - Creating Characters
How to Create a Character
The Top Ten Plotting Problems
Snowflake Plotting Method
Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes


A three line pitch is just that. Three sentences that desscribe your story. So once you have the logline, the three line pitch and the blurb check out The Writing for tips on plotting and craft.