How To Plan a Novel 

As a writer, have you considered How To Plan a Novel you wish to write? What will you be looking out for to achieve a page-turner? This article is designed to guide you through this journey.

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How to Plan a Novel

Planning a novel is based on the writer’s perspective. This assertion is because many writers write differently, though they’re all novelists. I would start my novel with event creation but simultaneously blend the description of a character. 

Some writers, however, have the choice of choosing a different perspective – they might have a parallel setup or outline designed to flow chronologically in the course of their writing. 

As you can see, the style you choose is your perspective – it gives you an edge and a feel of professionalism, which is what should be the case while you plan your novel and how you’d execute it. 


To try planning your novel journey, you need to follow a pattern as thawed by other professionals – try out a few steps.


Concept – 

Create a concept that’ll model your writing. Just like every writer develops their niches and spells out what they find to be their fave, you need a concept – more of a guideline to write everything you need. While some writers will have some parallel ideas, some develop different concepts and choose from one of them to build on. 


Carve out your plot – 

You must have read or heard somewhere that the ‘Plot’ is the engine behind every novel or story. The plot is the general idea of a novel or play – this is to say that the writer knits the plot to lay out bare the core sequence of the novel – the chronological or interrelatedness of such a story.

It is said that without a plot, there is no story – this can be related to snapping the finger without the thumb. For a more vivid expression – it is nearly or totally impossible to write a story without a plot – it wouldn’t stand as a story. The incidents and everything that makes up a story would be absent if the plot is missing – without the plot, there’s no story.


Characterization – 

This is the creation of characters in a work of art. The characters are the players in the story you’re creating – there are main characters and ordinary characters. Characterization can be tough. The process of character creation will take a toll on you because here, you need a lot of ingredients to make your protagonist (main character) what he would be. The protagonist is the main character of a story, and the focus is usually on him; this is why they’re often built or crested with much more ingredients than the others. 

Some other writers make their villains or antagonists formidable – giving him or them the exact or sometimes better attributes than the main protagonist. The villain is called the antagonist – his job is to oppose the protagonist.

Some writers make their stories revolve around their protagonists, and others their antagonists. The protagonist usually is formidable, dogmatic, and charismatic, and these features are assigned specially to them. Also, their description, physique, posture, locomotion, tone, and language are created and assigned to them purposefully to match their description and blend with the story. 


Create the minor characters – 

The story you’re creating revolves around your main character or protagonist, but the protagonist cannot exist alone. No one has ever survived without other people. The minor characters, who are also actors in the story, may or may not be for the protagonist; whichever way, they are there to support the course of the story. They help the protagonist grow if he is a dynamic character who changes and grows while the story progresses.


Setting – 

Probably one of the most important aspects of writing. The setting is the environment where your story revolves – the location of the story you’re telling. Creative writers consciously decided to make writing fun and modern by moving from a local or urban setting to a futuristic, extraterrestrial, or intergalactic setting. Some are so creative that they set their novels in orbit, and some on other planets. 


Readers’ interest – 

As a writer, the first compromising trait should be about your readers – it must not totally be what you want. The readers’ interest should be relevant, and you must carry them along throughout your story.



Everything mapped out in this article is tagged as the most essential points – it doesn’t mean that the other aspects are in any way infinitesimal. Of course, for your story to engage your readers, you must apply the technical aspects – the cliffhangers, conflict, climax, resolution, plot twist, mood, tone, and language. 

The cliffhanger/suspense raises the anxiety of your reader and makes them not rest till they’ve found out everything you’re portraying in your story. 

Every aspect of these key elements is vital and should not be neglected at any cost if you’re planning to make or create a story worth reading. One good and important aspect people often neglect is research. So, remember to research your work carefully.

Proper research propels you to create a good story and gives you in-depth knowledge of the nature of the story you’re venturing into when you knit it all together. You’re weaving an incredible story – a good writer enjoys this course. 


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