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Nailing That Ten-Scene Foundation for Your Novel

Over the last month or two, we’ve been looking at the ten key foundational scenes you need for your novel. I shared a couple of examples of what these scenes might look like, and you could take just about any best seller and pencil in those ten key scenes and note how they are in just the right place.

I sent out a call for writers to create a chart of their published novel’s ten key scenes. Many took me up on this, and all said it was both fun and challenging. So over the next few weeks, I’m going to show you just how helpful and easy this can be—by sharing these charts submitted by published authors that follow Live Write Thrive.

I’d like to challenge all of you to lay out your scenes using this chart—whether you are just brainstorming your novel idea or have already written or published it. Doing this will save you perhaps weeks or months of time as you struggle to figure out how to tell your great story. Continue Reading…

Layering 20 Scenes to Create a Strong Romance Novel

Last week I probably overwhelmed you by showing you how to integrate the key romance scenes into your foundational ten scenes. This post is a long one too.

Yes, it can be a daunting—but fun!—process to layer in your scenes.

But listen, folks—writing a novel is hard. You can do it the really hard way or you can smooth out the path and make way easier. The hard way is to wing it—go ahead and waste months of your life. I can write a novel in about a month if I plot it out carefully. You can too.

If you are clear about your ten key scenes and have them in their approximate place, you’ve done the hard work of getting the big rocks in the jar. Those pebbles can fit into all the spaces between the rocks. You may have to jiggle the jar a bit to get them to settle in, but that’s part of the process.

We took a look at how you could structure your novel by layering in a complementary subplot with ten additional scenes to make the 10-20 in my 10-20-30 Scene Builder concept. I’ve mentioned that those next ten scenes can really vary. It all depends on the approach you want to take and the genre you are writing in and which POV. Continue Reading…

How to Layer Scenes in a Romance Novel

This week (and for over some additional weeks) I’m going to show you how you can layer those next ten scenes in a romance novel. Maybe you don’t write romance, but don’t navigate away. There are some key elements to structuring romance novels that you may want to incorporate in your fantasy novel or thriller.

Many popular movies of various genres have that “romance” engine as a subplot (see last week’s post on how to layer in subplots). Ones that come to mind are Outbreak, Armageddon, Speed, Star Wars, and on the list goes.

In other words, don’t pooh-pooh romance. Real life includes romance, and many novels can benefit by a romance component. And hey, more than 50 percent of all ebook sales are romance novels. Just sayin’ . . .

What’s Different about the Romance Journey

We looked at one method last week that showed you how you can build on your ten foundational scenes by layering with your key subplot. And you can use that method with a romance novel or any other genre, I believe.

But there are some important things to understand about romance novels—the primary thing being the romance story engine. Continue Reading…

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