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Now it’s time to expand your story. Go to step 4 and make a four-page-summary. Your story will be checked for logic here, so this will be the step where you will change a lot.
Tip: I made one page out of each paragraph here, so at the end I had five pages and not four. By the way, after this step, I gave the five-page summary to the first people to read. I wanted to find out if the story is exciting enough and stimulating enough to continue reading. Maybe this will help you too?
Character overviews like in step 5 are great, but now it’s time to create a character sheet for each main character. This sheet contains everything, every detail you need to know about the character. For this step you can go back to step 3 and 5 and build on that.
This point takes a lot of time if you want to do it right. But that’s a good thing, because a good story is character-driven. So, you can take your time and work on this step.
Tip: I (unfortunately) do not handle this point the way it should be done. I think that characters can only really tell me how they want to live while writing. That’s why I only fill out my character sheets briefly and concisely. Nevertheless, the most important facts are there and during the writing process I complete the sheets from time to time. If you need a template, you can find one here under Downloads.
Starting to write is now within reach! But first you should have a more detailed overview of your book in the form of an excel sheet. In step 8 you make a scene overview. For this you use your summary from step 6 as support.
Which columns you want to use is up to you. But you should use at least three columns: Scene name, from which persons view the scene is and the scene description. Of course, you only need to fill in the sheet in keywords. The exact sentences and details will come when you actually write the book.
Tip: I divided my table into chapters and then into scenes. Each chapter contains five to ten scenes. I used the following columns: Chapter number, chapter name, scene title, view, time span, location, scene description. In order not to lose too much time on this point, I started only with the scene overview from first page of my summary and then started writing my book.
This step is optional. It is about writing down the individual scenes in sentences. You should already choose the narrative form. It can also already contain dialogues. By the time this step is over, you will already have your book in summary form.
Tip: I didn’t do this step, but started writing right away.
The last step is easy: Start writing your book! Everything is planned and the big logical mistakes have already been fixed. Now you can concentrate on the story and let your creativity run free! But don’t forget, there may still be mistakes and you may have to make changes. But the preparatory work has certainly kept this to a minimum.
I hope this method helps you as much as it helped me! I was surprised how many mistakes I found and how much of my idea I had to change already during the planning. Therefore, I recommend this method to everyone.
Now have fun with planning and writing soon!