How to plot a book?

Personally I don’t plot books, but I can share experience with book plotting.

You open any writing software and pick heading style.

Then you write headings about the way your story will go.

After a heading you write a short summary.

Typical books have 20 to 100 headings.

Your story consists of characters and “what happens to them“.

Your character has to have a mission and sense of direction, why is he in the story in the first place?

Book plotting can be tricky. Especially for new plotters.

You want your story to have an introduction, the middle, the end.

Writing a book is really hard. If you haven’t wrote anything I don’t suggest writing a book as your first piece.

First, open your blog and write for 1 to 4 years daily so that your skill would mature and only then write your book. Just because if you have no audience – nobody’s going to read your book. You don’t want to voice your book and then put it on youtube – there won’t be any profit.

If you’re writing a book as your first piece, then write a detailed plot.

Personally me – I write panser style, this means I create the plot as I write.

Book plotting can give a sense of direction to your book. But good plotting takes time. Remember that ideas are worth nothing, your book will be better in your head than on paper.

To write a good story, first you need practise, that’s why I suggest you write a blog for couple of years. Blog writing will increase your writing skill.

First write stories that are short – flash fiction – 500 to 2000 words. Then increase the length of your stories.

Book plotting isn’t that hard, but personally me I never did book plotting because how do you know, when you just starting out, how will your book finish?

First try to write panser style.