We are now on our fifth day into National Novel Writing Month. How is everyone doing?
All throughout November, to coincide with National Novel Writing Month, we will be bringing you advice on aspects of writing from a variety of authors including Ali McNamara, Jane Fallon and Nicci Gerrard.
Today, we catch up with best-selling author, Jill Mansell who is talking about planning that novel. She says:
The trouble with planning out a whole novel’s worth of plot in advance is that you are bound to get much better ideas during the course of the book that knock the initial careful plans completely off course and render them useless. Since it’s so important to have the best plot possible, I now only plan it out in the very vaguest of ways, with Post-It notes stuck to a huge length of paper.
I know what’s going to happen a little way ahead, maybe the next couple of chapters, but beyond that I leave the rest of the story floating in the mist until I reach the next stage. By then, my imagination will have come up with the answers. Well, we hope it will! Good luck to all of you NaNoWriMo-ers. One day I’ll be as brave as you and attempt it myself. Happy writing!
Jill’s books include Don’t Want To Miss a Thing, A Walk in the Park and To The Moon and Back. She also has a new e-short due out on 6th November and is available at Amazon.
Find out more about Jill and her latest novel, The Unpredictable Consequences of Love at her website- http://www.jillmansell.co.uk/
To read some of the advice from our NanoWriMo feature last year, click here.
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