My muse has been after me for a while, telling me to write, although I’ve resisted listening. My last post, So You Want to Write A Novel?, represents my beginning attempt to simplify into a plan of action, the baby steps to building a manuscript. The outline will expand as my knowledge expands.
Here’s what I learned this week: Point of View. Specifically the point of view I will write in will be Third Person, Subjective aka Limited, Past Tense. I won’t try to explain what that means but here are two websites with invaluable information and explanations.
www.novel-writing-help.com and http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/2009/04/story-elements-checklist.html
Here’s how the outline is growing.
Outline: I. Groundwork (brainstorm stage of writing)
A. Plot: Story ideas, scene ideas, audience, genre, themes,
who, what, when, where and why – whatever comes to mind.
B. Characters: WHO, hero/heroine, villains, bullies. Brainstorm for ideas
from your own life, books/movies/plays, characters you love and hate; age,
name ideas – whatever comes to mind.
C. Setting: WHERE will the story take place? Brainstorm: names, land,
towns, buildings, streets, where will scenes take place,
time period – whatever comes to mind.
Develop a visual in my mind and then follow with photos.
D. Point of View: First person or third person, limited or omniscient,
Past or Present – got to know the Point of View before starting to
write. I’ll be writing in: Third Person, Subjective aka Limited,
I’m not sure how long this Groundwork Stage will take. I want to have lots of ideas to draw from so that when I move on to Outline II. Foundation I’ll be prepared to write a plot outline, character profiles and a setting profile.
For a breather, here’s some art to share: LR Sketch Play.