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Anybody Can Write A Novel - Outline

A Step-by-step Guide for Anyone to Learn How to Write a Novel

Green Bat 1 by JosephBlakeParker

This is an Outline of all my current articles, and a look at what is to come. I will try to update it, at least once every two weeks. Also note that just because something is absent from the Outline does not mean I don't plan to write it. This is a compilation of only chapters that have already been written.

(You'll notice that I have neglected some points and chapters within this Outline. This this is simply a result of realizing that there is so much to learn, when it comes to writing. Don't worry, I'll be sure to come back and fill in the gaps. Also, if this list inspires any requested topics that you would like me to address, please feel free to suggest them in the comments section.)


Chapter 1– Beginning to Write

    Introduction

    Reading Like a Writer

    Writer's Block

   Optimizing Your Writing Space

Chapter 2– Choosing a Genre

    Story Types

    Romance

    Fantasy

    Sci-fi

    Supernatural

    Young Adult/Children

    Historical Fiction

    Horror

    Autobiographical

   
Humor

    Dystopian

    Post-Apocalyptic

    Religious

    Erotica

Chapter 3- World Building

    Constructing a Timeline

    Mapping Your World
    

Chapter 4- Preparing Your Plot

     Creating a Twelve Point Plot Outline

    Writing a Plot Premise

Chapter 5- Choosing and Designing Characters

    Characters to Use in Your Story

        -Protagonists

            -heroes

            -antiheroes

        -Antagonists

            -villains

            -antivillains

            -monsters

        -Supporting Characters

        -Universe Filler Characters

        -Foils

        -Narrators

        -Point-of-view Characters

    Characters to Avoid in Your Story

    Character Motivation

Chapter 6- From One Plot-point to the Next


  -Act I

    Prologue/Beginning

    Inciting Incident

    First Turning Point

  -Act II

    Rising Action

    First Pinch Point

    Midpoint

    Disaster

    Second Pinch Point

    Second Turning Point

  -Act III

    Stand Up

    Climax

    Epilogue

Chapter 7– Revising Your Novel


   Building Chapters

   Constructing Paragraphs

   Writing Sentences

   Using Words

   Punctuating Sentences 

   Drafting

   Editing

   Describing Your Setting

   Creating Descriptions

    Getting Rid of Melodrama

    Giving Effective Criticism

    Adjusting Pace

    Dramatic Tension

    Character Dialogue

    Action Scenes

    Exposition Dumps

   Receiving and Using Reader Criticism

Chapter 8– From Story to Art

    Adding Depth to Your Novel

    Adding Mystery to Your Novel

    Ethics and Responsibility in Writing

    Cultural Diversity in Writing

    Frame and Meta Narratives

    Attaining a Sense of Realism

    Understanding Originality

    Introducing Your Characters


   Creating a Character Voice
  

Chapter 9– Types of Writers

    What Type of Writer Are You?

    Career Writers

    Indie Writers

    Casual Writers

    Fan Writers

    Revolutionary Writers

    Commercial Writers

    Niche Writers

    Personal Writers

    Literary Writers 

Chapter 10– Publishing and the Writing Life

    Becoming Self-Motivated

    Reasons to Write a Second Novel Before Publishing

    Difficult Writing Truths

    Collaborative Writing

   Loving Your Stories

   Teaching Others to Write

Chapter 11- Resources

    Youtube Channels 

Chapter 12 - Mini-tutorials

    
   Shibboleths

Chapter 13 - Draft Progressions


   The Woodcutter (waking in the woods scene)

This is an Outline of all my current articles, and a look at what is to come. I will try to update it, at least once every two weeks. Also note that just because something is absent from the Outline does not mean I don't plan to write it. This is a compilation of only chapters that have already been written.

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DeanVD Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent guide, thank you for sharing. This is helping me quite a bit.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Professional Writer
I'm glad :)
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SrVentoNegro Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Clap Clap Clap 
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Professional Writer
:)
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SirEPIC48 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm writing a story now and I just wanted to say a few things.

1. Haven't read all of it but great job!

2. Why not publish this book?

3. What's your opinion on multiple perspectives and do you have a section for that?
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional Writer
1. Thank you :)

2. Well, it's not finished, for one. The other reason is that I don't feel like I can sell it in good conscience until I have published a novel. Publishing a novel would both legitimize the point of the series as well as teach me a few more things that I need to make these tutorials complete. And until then (and even after), I'm more than happy to continue to making these and making these tutorials readily available for free. 

3. It's not my personal favorite style, but I've seen it done well. My tutorials on Point-of-View and narration should give you some help on that. I'll link them below. 

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b40 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
It was hard for me to get started with your outline and writing advices. I have some idea how to get started. Thanks for the how to become a writer info.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Writer
Glad to provide it :)
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A-M-Sirce92 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am going through some of my Favorites folders and doing some downsizing and splitting so that I don't end up with too much put into one folder(it makes navigating for specific art difficult). So I'm going to keep this outline in my Guides folder and remove most of the other things that are linked on this for less excess.
I would recommend allowing the links on this outline to link back to this to make navigation easier for people that have slower PCs that like to lag when they open too many windows/tabs at one time.
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GreenGardenFairy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
This will help every new author if he or she don't know how to start with his or her story :D revamp
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional Writer
:)
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Artist
Would u mind writing about diversity in writing please?
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Writer
Could you explain specifically what you would like me to address about this topic so I don't cover the wrong things? :)
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Artist
Well...why do publishers always white-wash or take out the person of color from the cover even if the main character of the book is black, asian etc? People shouldn't do that. Many authors get upset when their covers get turned into a white person or their cover just has a faded person on it. We as authors...no artists want to express ourselves the way we want to. We don't want someone else change our work. If we have an idea for our covers or art then let us keep our work the way we want to. Don't change it. That's why a lot of people go independent. Because we want our work the way we want it without anyone trying to change it. And another thing: whats wrong with the hero and heroine being virgins in books? There's nothing wrong with people being virgins. Not everyone has sex at a certain age. Maybe they want to wait what's wrong with that? Nothing I tell u. *coughs & blushes a bit* 

Sorry I got carried away...My thing is...Whats wrong with there being diversity in writing? I prefer having characters of all ethnic backgrounds and body shapes then just broad-shoulders, overly exaggeratedly handsome men and skinny and falsly pretty blondes or redheads. I have nothing against them but people act like those are the only men and women that should be in books and that's not how the world is. Our world is diverse and full of culture. Not all women are skinny, but are described as curvy and automatically go for a guy just cause their in a crisis and not all men are broad-shouldered, overly-muscular and brood over whatever. The world is diverse and should be shown as that especially in books or else those of us in the world won't be able to identify with anyone in the books we read. I'm sorry if I'm confusing you. I just feel like all ethnic groups are being represented in literature without using stupid stereotypes. And as a young black aspiring author, it angers me that I don't see enough diversity in writing especially in young adult and new adult fiction which is what I want to write books in. Its hard to keep my love of writing and reading up when all I see and hear about are books to where the hero and heroine are experienced in sex and they fall for each other based on looks and they have more sex instead of getting to know each other. Sex and appearance isn't all there is to relationships. I'm not every book is like this. But most of the books are and it's annoying. It's hard to write a book that has diverse characters when their always being represented by false stereotypes and their always treated like their the bad guys. Once again, I'm sorry for getting carried away. I just really want to see and hopefully write/finish a book that has diversity without any stereotypes.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional Writer
Gotcha :) Thanks for the specificity. I will start generating ideas for an article about the topic.
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Artist
Thank u very much ^_^ if u need any help let me know ok 
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Writer
Sound good :)
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Artist
^_^
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Artist
It would be a useful advice!
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional Writer
sorry, but I did not catch your meaning :)
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015   Artist
Yes, I would like to follow much of the advice you posted.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Writer
Oh, gotcha. Awesome :)
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Crisnaga Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I have been working on a writing project since I left my High School, and I can honestly say this collection of articles was more helpful than any advice given by my teachers. Thank you for all the effort you put into this. :)
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Artist
I second that! ^_^
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Writer
That is awesome feedback to hear :) No problem!
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LadyBeelze Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very complete and useful! i'll take a look at each link when i have the time :) thanks you!
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Writer
Sounds good :) And no problem!
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MultifandomLady Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad I saw this :D 
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional Writer
haha, I'm glad you saw it too :)
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secret-knurd Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha glad that i found this XP
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Writer
:)
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Sylpharie Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Found this moments after posting a comment to giving me a link to it...
I'm thinking of becoming a professional writer and this is really going to help. I've always wanted a way to improve, I was gifted with this ability and I wanted to improve it. It's probably one of my only strong points and I love that it is.
There hasn't been anyone that could give me actual feedback rather than 'it's good' or 'it's amazing' and I would love a critique, if anyone out there is also looking for one please hit me up / note me. I would really love to improve my writing and get a broader use of vocabulary than the typical ones that are commonly used.

I LOVE YOU! 
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Writer
It's great that you are determined to grow in the craft. Best of luck finding a writing partner.
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Sylpharie Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou! I wish you luck in your future as well. 
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moodclock Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Nice and detailed.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Writer
thanks!
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LeonFoxwings Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll need to come back and read this often. Thank you :)
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional Writer
No problem :)
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful information, thank you so much for sharing this!
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Writer
I'm very glad to! :)
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Oh wow what a resource! OuO My pen-hand is drooling!  :iconlawooplz:
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Writer
hahaha! awesome! :)
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Graeystone Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
I do this - Figure out the beginning(Point A) and ending of the story(Point B) first and foremost. Then I write out how Point A gets to Point B. Now that doesn't mean that Point B can't change or even Point A.
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DreamSeeker13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thanks for the outline! This will be most useful! Especially with my mix and mesh of advice and tips I do. I follow a rule of there's no rules when it comes to creative. Well, outside of grammar and such so the readers can understand what you're trying to get across. Other than that, I try to find what works for me and go with it. A lot of the advice you've given out is most helpful! Thank you!
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Writer
No problem! :)
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Dragonlover77 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you for the outline! This makes a great reference.
When you publish your Anybody can write a novel works, please make a journal announcement. I will purchase it.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Writer
Will do! :) Thanks!
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Dragonlover77 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015   Digital Artist
You're welcome! :squee:
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A-M-Sirce92 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! Thank You! This is PERFECT!
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional Writer
Thanks for the suggestion!
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