Plan your novel!

Now! Dammit! Or else! Plan your novel. (This is dear me, love me, you can do whatever you want.)

I need to do some more planning as the end of the month looms large.


Easy: Jenna’s first novel, a full rewrite. (That part is hard, knowing was it is is the easy part, also reading that sentence, hard.)

Pre-November steps:

  • Make a Pinterest board (or rather add to the one I already have)
  • Pull out and enhance physical descriptions of the people I already have from both books 1 and 2
  • Write up description of the mashup/remade character
  • Consider the scenes that need to be added – figure out what the goal will be and about what they need to be and then let them noodle around in my brain
  • Set up time to write – create a real plan (either first thing in the morning, later in the day, weekends, etc)
  • Plan more backstory weaving in

Jenna’s novel is the first in an urban fantasy trilogy. A young woman who is struggling to regain her life after a long absence from the world is finally feeling settled. Now she’s finally gotten a job offer, she’s meeting new people. And she’s got a shiny little necklace.

The second book is written and I’m feeling pretty good about it, but the first needs to come in line with it. I know basically where the third will go for the big arc on it.

Now I just need better titles. Oof titles.




  1. Elizabeth Rose

    I will also be revising a novel over the next month or two. I need to change my POV as, apparantly, you are no longer allowed to switch back and forth between the hero and heroine anymore. Even though lots of authors still do it. But they started being published before the change, so… And it needs a more epic ending, according to my beta readers.

    And, of course, lots of clean-up in betwee.

    1. Mariah Avix

      I think pov changing is still ok as long as there is a scene break. It is just being loosely omni that is out of favor.
      Stuff that switches back and forth I think will always be common as long as it doesn’t feel like a mistake which I think the loose switching feels like to readers now.

  2. bindybatty

    I’m trying to plan.. even if it’s major beats in my head. I’m starting a new series, so at least I don’t need to go back and data-mine my old stories for the characters, plots, places, etc. I’m going to try REALLY hard to stick with my POV and tense.. i’m SOOO bad at that.

    1. Mariah Avix

      What is your POV and tense? Name it to help stick to it 🙂


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