How to Expand an Outline Into a Novel by lfsmj2010


									How to Expand an Outline Into a Novel
Have you ever wanted to write a novel, but couldn't figure out where to
start? Well, why not write a simple outline, then go through it and make
it longer multiple times until it is a finished book?
1Think of an idea for your novel. You will need to have a plot, climax,
characters, etc. already thought out. If you can't think of much, try
basing some of your characters on people you know or taking settings,
plot info, etc. from real life.<
2Separate your idea into three parts: the beginning, middle, and ending
parts of your novel. Write a couple of sentences to summarize each part.
Don't make them very descriptive, but make them tell more about the
events that happen. You want to make it short and sweet.
3Split each part in half, and make a paragraph about each of the six
parts. This way you can summarize each half of the beginning part, middle
part and end part, leaving more room for details.
4From there, go into separate descriptions for each chapter. You have
planned out events in six parts, so now you must divide those into
chapters. For the first chapter plan-out, only write 1-2 sentences about
each chapter. You want to start out small, then grow from there. Only
write about the main event in the chapter.
5Go back through your chapter outline and double the length of the
chapter summaries. So, you should make it 3-4 sentences this time for
each chapter summary. Again, only write about the big things in the
chapter events.
6Go back again and double that, making 7-8 sentences for each chapter
summary. This is when you can start adding minor details about the events
in the chapter.
7Now is where you start adding dialogue and descriptions. Make each
"chapter" 20-25 sentences, adding only the important quotes and
descriptions to only the most major events in the chapter. The rest of it
can be just plain summary. It will be kind of blocky and inconsistent
after this step, but keep in mind that it's not the resulting chapter.
8Now change all the "plain summary" parts in the chapters into
descriptive writings with dialogue. Remember to only add the most
important quotes and descriptions. After this, each chapter should be
about 500 words.
9Add a little bit more quotes and descriptions to each chapter. You're
still building the body, so don't add anything too minor. Just get
everything important in there first. When you are done with this step,
each chapter should be somewhere around 1000 words.
10Finally, you can add all minor details, dialogue, and descriptions to
your chapters. Each chapter can be anywhere from 1500 to 3000 words,
depending on how many chapters you've created. When you are done doing
this for each chapter, you should have your finished novel.<

You might want to go back into your novel and edit a little once you are
done. It's doubtful that you will have a perfect novel on the first try.
Make sure your chapters flow with one another. You don't want the
chapters to jump from one major event to the middle of another one, or
skip events altogether.
Writing always takes inspiration, so keep trying. Sometimes ideas will
just come to you.
Don't overwrite! If you write too much then your novel won't be as good.
Write in moderation, and only write a lot if you feel like it. Don't
force yourself.

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