Find the shape of your story
Pick up one of the books you really like – it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction. Skim through it again, or just refresh yourself by looking at the table of contents or chapter headings (if applicable). Think of the shape and try out various sketches, until you feel you’ve captured a diagram that represents how it’s put together.
Now do that with another book.
And now shift to trying it for your own work! Sketch until you find a shape that satisfies your story. If your work isn’t finished, sketch what you’ve told, then sketch how you want your work to proceed.
With that as a guide editing will be easy, and eternal glory – or at least a nicely cohesive book – shall be yours.Find out more
Shaping the flow of writing
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Veiling the Narrative
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Read As If Your Life Depended On It
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How to plan a chapter
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Five tips about planning your novel (and a word of warning)
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Strongest Foot Forward
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How to radically rewrite
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Asking… what if?
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Stop Writing! – A tip from Arvon Chair, Jeremy Treglown
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How to stop writing – An exercise from Arvon Chair, Jeremy Treglown
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