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How to Write a Novel Step by Step

The Roadmap is a complete step-by-step process for writing a novel.

It works by starting with a basic story idea and expanding and layering it until you have a complete manuscript.

It uses a carefully structured approach to build all the critical elements in a practical, relational way - allowing characters, plot, situation, opponents and disaster to all influence each other and evolve together as the novel is planned, drafted and edited.

Each step contains an achievable task which builds on the last, and includes introductions and explanations of the common features of fiction writing that sells, with examples for clarification.

Each article assumes minimum prior knowledge, so it’s perfect for beginners, and if you’re already familiar with some or most of the principles of creative writing, you can just skip ahead.

The Novel Factory software integrates the Roadmap, but if you wish you can use the Novel Writing Roadmap completely separately – all the steps are below.

So, without further ado...

How to write a novel in sixteen steps

Step One: The Premise

Step Two: The skeleton - aka. The Universal Storyline

Step Three: Character Introductions

Step Four: Short Synopsis

Step Five: Extended Synopsis

Step Six: Goal to Decision Cycle

Step Seven: Character Questionnaires

Step Eight: Locations

Step Nine: Advanced Plotting

Step Ten: Character Viewpoints

Step Eleven: Scene Blocking

Step Twelve: Draft One

Step Thirteen: Theme and Variations

Step Fourteen: Draft Two

Step Fifteen: Final Draft

Step Sixteen: Submissions

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