4 Things I Work On When I Start a Novel, Part 2

Are you still struggling with that new novel? Then check out Part 2 in René Penn’s “4 Things I Work on When I Start a Novel.” You don’t want to miss it.

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René Penn

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Last week, I blogged part one of this topic. Please check it out, if you haven’t already, because the list below piggybacks on part one.

Here are four more things I work on when I start writing a novel.

1. Stuff That Can Go Wrong list

I created this concept after banging my head over ways to create tension in a previous story. I heard critique partners say, “Ramp up the conflict” or “Raise the stakes.” But I couldn’t figure out how.

Then I thought, what are some of the worst things that could go wrong for this character? And voila, the aptly titled, Stuff That Can Go Wrong list was born.

With a WIP, I work on this list after I’ve sorted out the Goal-Motivation-Conflict of the story. It’s an unedited, no-hold-barred, rambling mess of ideas that keeps the protagonist’s bum on the hot seat. It also helps me identify…

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