Although you may be tempted to begin by simply forging ahead with the first paragraph of your draft, I caution you against it. One of the fundamental keys to success when writing a draft in a condensed period of time is making sure you do enough pre-thinking, pre-writing, and, importantly, outlining before you even pen your opening line.
- Minor characters help reveal the personality traits and values of major ones. Write ten character bios for ten different minor characters. Don’t worry if you don’t have a place for these characters in your novel yet.
- Spend twenty minutes free-writing about your most interesting major character.
- Write a scene that introduces a character likely to be your protagonist. How can you reveal information about your character’s appearance, his story, motives, and desires to your reader? How can you use a minor character in this scene to reveal something about your main player?
- Write a list of all the potential conflicts in your novel.
These creative exercises came from the course Building Your Novel.
Objectives: How to Write a Book
- How to develop “novel worthy” ideas;
- How to create compelling, complex characters;
- The fundamentals of narrative arc;
- Techniques for outlining your novel;
- Proven strategies for writing your novel, start to finish, scene by scene