Quick and Easy Novel Plotting Tips for Newbie Writers!

If you are a newbie writer writing a novel of your very own may feel like an insurmountable challenge. This is because there are so many aspects of the novel writing process. And if you are just starting out as a writer it could be a challenge getting started. 

But don’t worry, this is nothing to get worried about. You just need to learn how to plot your novel. That way, you will have a step by step basis on how to go about writing your novel. 

Here are quick and easy novel plotting tips for newbie writers:



  • Do your research first

Before you start plotting your novel, it is very important that you research your topic as thoroughly as possible.  And you should do all your research before you start the book writing process. This is because once you start the book writing process, you will be too busy to do your research work. 

So before you even start writing, research key facts about your topic. Write down sources and references that will come in handy later on. Overall, the more thorough your research, the more effective the writing process will be.

  • Make a dossier for all your characters

Yet another way you can make the novel potting process a lot easier is to fill out your characters long before you start the writing process. This is because your characters are a key aspect of all your plots. All the events and conflicts will happen to them. 

So it would be difficult to fill out your characters during the writing process. So before you even start the writing process, you should make a dossier of sorts for your characters. That way, you can make a truly complete and realistic cast of characters. 

Give all your characters backstories, motivations and plot out all the times your characters will interact with one another. That way, you won’t get confused once you start the writing process.

  • Plot out all the main events and conflicts

Aside from filling out all your main characters, it is very important that you plot out all the main events and conflicts. This is because the events and conflicts in your story are the highlights of your story. It is during the events and the conflicts that the most changes to the status quo of the story will happen. 

It is also when the most character transitions will occur. So make a rough draft of the main events and conflicts in your work. By doing so, you will be able to effectively and efficiently identify the major plot points within your work.

  • Fill out the settings

Your settings are the places where the events in your story will occur. And if you want your novel plotting to go well, you will need to know how to effectively transition from one setting to another. So you should also make a rough draft of your settings.

Make a list of all the settings in your novel. Where will the setting be during the introduction, the main body and the conclusion of the story? By doing so you will be able to make your setting transitions go smoothly.

  • Take it one step at a time

When you plot out your novel, you should take it one step at a time. Don’t rush the process because it will just make your work more complicated and unwieldy. Just take a deep breath and put together every aspect of the writing process. 

It may seem like a lot of work, but if you did all of the things stated earlier, it will be a lot more efficient and effective.

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