Novel Ideas

Look through the front section of your morning newspaper. Find three articles that contain possibilities for novels. Take the original idea, apply the “what if” strategy, and expand them into one page ideas for a novel. Take one of your favorite novels and reset it in modern times and in your own town. For example, if you adore Gone with the Wind, you might take a young, spoiled rich girl and have her lover sent away to fight the Gulf … Learn More →

How Much Detail?

You’ll collect hundreds, possibly thousands, of setting details as you do your research, but, as with your character research, all of this information won’t end up in your novel. So how do you know when enough is enough? Here’s a checklist that will help you decide whether to include or exclude a detail: Does the detail avert attention from the main story line? (if so, take it out) Would removing the detail harm the story or confuse the readers in … Learn More →