I like the tools offered here, and appreciate the feedback, but since its been 2 years since this was offered on the internet, maybe followup of some of the success stories. Is it necessary to send one to a publisher? Self publishing, standard or e-book publishing?
Today I take the theory I laid out in my previous two posts especially the last and create an outline. Do whatever works for you.
In those days I wanted to learn how someone took ideas and goals and hopes and fears and spun them into a tale. But if this helps you, awesome! This is his starting point for more on story structure see: The Structure of a Great Story.
Further, something about Alex—his mannerisms, his behavior or how he looks—should be exaggerated; memorable. No restaurants, no entertainment, what the hell are you going to do? Stay home and READ?! WHY would Alex move from a gorgeous apartment in Manhattan, one overlooking Central Park, to a sleepy town hardly anyone has heard of?
Why THAT town as opposed to another? Is Alex looking for something? What is drawing him? Or is Alex running away from something? Perhaps memories of his late wife?
He and his late wife lived in his Manhattan apartment. They moved in after their honeymoon. Alex is walking around his apartment looking at pictures of himself and his late wife in happier times. As he looks at the picture he smiles and turns away from Robert to wipe a tear from his eye. Alex shook his head.
Just pack it up and store it. Not even your clothes? Robert needs a goal, something he wants in the scene. What is Alex giving up by moving? What is he gaining?
He wants Alex to take charge of the family business. Alex needs to have a definite, concrete, goal in moving to Meadowmead. He may not share this with Robert, but he should allude to it.
What is the Inciting Incident? The Inciting Incident is where the world of the story changes. At twilight a strange older man rushes down the sidewalk and staggers into Alex. The street is empty.I love to write multiple POVs and find it easier to sketch out each character's story arc and figure out where it fits in with the overall structure of the novel.
Maybe my attachment to this method is a holdover from preparing arrest plans. Mystery Plot Template / Story Beats / Roadmap by Katja Kaine 4 comments In the Novel Factory, we use a Universal Storyline template based on the Hero's Journey, and we've created a few more targeted structure templates for common genres, such as Romance and Mystery.
While writing any story and specially a mystery story, the characters have to be fleshed out and their relationships with one another and motivations established through a backstory, of which we may but see glimpses in the final book. Writing Romance In Your Mystery and Vice Versa This article first appeared in the October edition of First Draft, the newsletter for the Guppy chapter of Sisters In Crime.
The realm of mysteries has clearly defined categories. An outline is a general idea of where your novel will go, and it is a way to organize your ideas ahead of time.
Outlines are especially important with mystery novels. Mystery novels focus heavily on plot, including twists and turns.
The main part of a mystery novel is the suspense throughout as the reader tries to figure out whodunit. Following on the from the previous Romance Plot Outline, here is a proposed mystery novel template / cheatsheet / outline / rutadeltambor.com always, I'm always open to suggestions for how to improve it, so if you would like to share your ideas, just let me know!