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Plotting a Novel (webinar), in partnership with The British Library


If you want to write a novel but don’t know where to start, or you’ve got part-way through and then got in a muddle, this is the webinar for you. Clear, practical steps to take you from confusion to your own original take on the classic novel structure.

Tickets and more information:

We will cover:

  • Creating a clear and concise ‘pitch’ to keep you on track and help you communicate your idea.
  • Understanding your genre and what the reader wants from it.
  • The classic structure of a novel.
  • Archetypal plots and characters and how to use them with originality.
  • Scene-by-scene brainstorming.
  • Why the sub-plot/s matter, and how to make them matter even more.
  • Research and why it’s crucial no matter what genre you write in.
  • Creating a synopsis which gives you a clear path to completion (Ideal for plotters) as well as creative freedom (for all the pantsers!).
  • Thinking ahead to a book series.
  • Practical tips on getting the novel written, from word counts to avoiding writer’s block.

You’ll leave inspired and with a practical list of next steps to follow to make your novel a reality.

After the event you will be sent the video recording of the session, resource-filled slides from our main talk and a free eBook, Melissa Addey's Merchandise for Authors, which offers a wealth of ideas for using your book as the basis for developing merchandise in the future. 

Feedback from previous workshops run by Melissa Addey at the British Library:

  • She managed to pack so much information into a short space of time and her delivery was engaging and entertaining
  • Positive energy, dynamism and detailed, clear, practical advice. 
  • I loved it! I’m very impressed by the depth of knowledge you’re sharing.
  • Your workshops are so comprehensive, packed full of info, so many pertinent and up to date examples and pointers.
  • Wow you have literally covered everything I could imagine and more - thank you so much!

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