Day 16 – Life off the Page, pt 1

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

I realized today that I was more than halfway through this 31 Day challenge. It’s been a lot of early mornings.

So far, we’ve spent about two weeks on developing characters, and now we’ll work on seeing how our characters behave in certain situations. Next week, we’ll start outlining our novels. If you’re joining us for the first time, head here for links to the rest of the series so far.

Though it might seem counterintuitive to imagine what your characters will do outside your novel, understanding how characters act in certain situations is crucial to keeping your novel going when you’re writing it – this is the issue that regularly trips me up in my own writing. Also, if you still haven’t come up with several plot points for your budding idea, now is the time to give them a test run.

Writing scenes and dialogue that might not ever see the light of day again gives you an opportunity to explore your characters’ new personalities. You have an idea of who they are, now find out how they use it in the world. Writing outside of your novel makes the whole process seem less final and you’re less likely to freeze up with the fear of getting something wrong.

If you are determined to write scenes from your book at this stage, that’s fine – just don’t write like you’re going to take these pages and tuck them into your manuscript when you get to them. Write them, and keep them in mind, but don’t let them influence the rest of your process at this point.

31 Days to Plan Your Novel

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