So here’s the scoop. When you think you’re done with your novel, you’re probably not. A few months ago, I thought I was done with my manuscript for Road to Destiny, but it turns out, I wasn’t!
I will be the first to admit that my characters were very flawed, and the flow sucked. There were a ton of holes in my book, but a part of me knew that, but I didn’t know where to go.
So how do you fix it when you don’t know where to go? These might be only specific to me, but I believe someone else out there might be struggling with this too!
- Get a critique partner: Find someone who can give you an unbiased opinion on your work. Don’t get someone who will spare your feelings entirely. They should give you constructive criticism, and then you should be able to sift through it to see what is a preference for them and what is actually needed in your book to make it better. The person you choose ass your partner or partners should be want the best for your writings!
- Create character profiles: If you were like me, then your characters were just existing and doing stuff. I knew of them, but I didn’t know them. I used Milanote to create character profiles! This helped me so much, even if I didn’t include all the information from them. I used the resources I found on writershelpingwriters.net/ to help me create my profiles.
This site has so many cool things on it! Like the Character Profile Questionnaire and the Reverse Backstory Tool!
- Create a detailed outline: A detailed outline also helped me better plan. I used Milanote! I had an outline before I started, but it needed to be more detailed and it was hard to visualize in Google Sheets. Below is a sample outline generated by Milanote.
Now I use the free version of this application so by default I only have 100 cards to work with, but you can use a referral code and get 100 more. You can also download what you do as a pdf or doc, so you can keep what you worked on.
I hope you use this advice! If you want to use Milanote, sign up here!
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