123: The Anatomy of a Novel.

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Book writing can feel overwhelming. If you are writing your first book, questions of, how long should chapters be or how many words do I need to write a full-length novel, take center stage in your mind.

The Anatomy of a Novel episode 123

In today’s episode, I’m talking about novel writing from beginning to end. Now that we’ve approached the half-point in NaNoWriMo, If you’re struggling on structuring your book, this is the episode you need to plan your book and before handing it off to an editor.

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1. How is a book Defined?

  • Complete story (fiction or non-fiction)
  • thought/teaching/manifesto or
  • a collection of ideas, stories, poems etc.
  • A short book or novella contains anywhere from 25,000 – 40,000 words
  • A Novel or non-fiction book usually contains anywhere from 45,000 – over 100,000 words.

2. The anatomy of a book.

  • How long should each chapter be?
  • How do I break my book up into parts?
  • How many chapters should I have?
  • How do I know when the end my chapter?

3. How do I write my book?

  • I encourage you to listen to episodes 112, 113, 114, 115.
  • Begin with a thought and then write your elevator pitch.
  • Take your elevator pitch and write a two to three paragraph synopsis of the book.
  • Write down how your Story begins and how you want your story to end.
  • Begin outlining your book using bullet points. One sentence per chapter.
  • Pull out a legal pad and a pencil and write down a page or two per bullet point.
  • Take your handwritten notes and begin writing a chapter.
  • Plan to write every day.

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