Her name is Margaret Dilloway.
She is a novelist and might be able to answer some of your questions about the novel you're about to write.
- By the way, did you finish your book blurb for your perfect novel? I have what you submitted, but if you didn't finish or need to make it better, you should probably do that. **hint hint**
- Read your independent reading novel. Really.
- If you finish a book, go write the book review for it and post it on Goodreads.
- Turn in your group novel at the library if you have not done so already.
Some highlights (she had great advice and you might want to use some of this):
- The 3 Cs of Novels - Context, Character, Conflict
- Context - This includes your setting or the world your characters live in
- Character - This includes actions that speak about the character. it is important to know what and who the character loves as well.
- In novels, you sometimes have to make bad things happen to good people (it's about the lessons those characters learn from those bad experiences)
- Conflict - what does the character want and what is in his/her way?
- There should be conflict of some sort in every scene and every piece of dialogue.
- Most novels have about 60 scenes
- Act 1: Inciting Incident and Plot Point 1 (15 scenes)
- Act 2: Plot Point 2 and Turning Point (30 scenes)
- Act 3: Climax and Denouement (15 scenes)
- Check out the index card method for plotting scenes
- You DO NOT have to have 60 scenes. Your novel can have less. It's a guide.
- Real dialogue is boring.
- You have to include what the characters are thinking as well. What someone is saying isn't necessarily what they are thinking.