Because NaNoWriMo fast approaches I’ve shared how planning was the building blocks to enriching my novels. More specifically, I’m talking about planning for a fantasy novel.
For me that means a history, maps, an outline, and finally a draft that’s followed by multiple edits over a long period. Each step enables additional insight. In many ways the steps I mentioned are incomplete if I don’t talk about characters.
Yes, I do characters sketches, but I also let the characters live in my narrative outline that’s often dotted with snippets of dialogue, moments I don’t want to lose when they surface. I usually change them drastically, but they do help me capture the mood and gain insight into the characters.
That’s happening now as I write the narrative outline for So Others Might Remember…
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