9 Tips for Various Stages of Your Novel

As writers we often find ourselves at various stages with our work. Here are three popular stages and three posts from us to help you find a way through the challenges each stage creates.

B6 Chart_FotorStage 1: Just getting started? It is the hardest part. Lucky for all of us Heather has three great ways to plot your story.

Outlining – Method 1: Basic Story Beats

Outlining – Method 2: Active Beats (aka “Show Don’t Tell”)

Outlining – Method 3: The Wall of Sticky Notes (aka “The Board”)


Stage 2: Fleshing out the characters? No problem, Robin has some ideas to help you invite some new friends to the party.

Casting Call: 3 Fictional Character Archetypes

Casting Call: 7 Sidekick Archetypes

Casting Call: 3 Villains, It’s Good to be Bad


annualbluegrassStage 3: The work is done, but it needs more polish. Caryn has ideas to help you save on those huge editing bills.

Self-Editing: How To Pull the Weeds From Your Manuscript

Avoid Rejections by Making Sure Your MS is Agent Worthy

To Be or Not to Be: Avoiding Passive Verbs  

Author: Robin Rivera

Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, educator, and historical consultant. She writes mystery fiction, with diverse characters and a touch of snark. She's currently working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813). However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.

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