A Novel Roadmap


Again, and again, and again, I’ve tried to find methods of keeping myself writing since I graduated from college 4 years ago. I’ve found that it’s more difficult than I ever thought it’d be. I’ve tried writing prompts, 100-words-per-day goals, even keeping a notebook and pen by my bedside. There are certainly moments of inspiration. Still, writing in a distracting world can be really difficult.

Enter Pinterest. If there’s one thing that has helped me with inspiration and techniques, it’s been this site, which is chock full of prompts, techniques, and any sort of inspirational art/photography/fact you could possibly want.

This morning, I found a new technique which I am eager to put to the test. Found on the website The Novel Factory, this “novel writing roadmap” is designed to get a novel writer from idea to final draft over the course of one year.

I’ve seen many method outlines for writing a novel over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite so complete as this one. This “roadmap” offers a breakdown not only of what should be accomplished in each segment, but how to do it as well. I’ve got a head start for The Secret of Erris in that this book is a rewrite, but I still want to make sure it at least meets (if not exceeds) the quality of the rewrite of The Four Stars, so I’m hoping this guide will get me organized and back to writing soon.

If you try it, feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think of it too!