Posted By John Poindexter

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For the next few Blogs I will be presenting a Guest Blog by Kate Bloomfield on How to write a novel (in 2 months).

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You can see more about Kate at her website:

How to write a novel (in 2 months)

Okay, I'm not going to pretend to be an expert. I published my first novel 'Frost Arch' in February 2012. It took me 2 years (on and off) to finish the book, and another 2 years to publish it through amazon. Looking back, if I'd spent a couple of hours each day focusing on this book, I could have finished it within 7-8 months. It took 2 years because I kept getting distracted, didn't plan properly, got stuck, and gave up multiple times. Looking back, there is A LOT I would change about this book. (Whoops! Too late now!) However, here are a few techniques I implemented when writing my next novels.

My novel 'Passing as Elias' was published in March 2012. That's right. One month after I published Frost Arch. I'll use this novel as an example in the following steps. Click here to read the synopsis of the novel: LINK

How long did it take me to write Passing as Elias? 2 months.
Word count: 50,000

I was able to complete a full length novel in 2 months without rushing. How? Planning.
Day 1-2: Conception

An idea is born. I knew I wanted to write about a lesbian in 18th century England. After I thought up my initial idea I began to write down plot-points, and major happenings in the story.
For example, my plot points looked like this:
               •    Woman dresses as man
               •    falls in love with another woman
               •    true identity is revealed
That's it. 3 plot points. You have a beginning that starts the story, the "problem/complication" in the middle, and an ending.

Day 3-4: Design
Start planning the series of events that will take place in your novel. You're going to need characters and sub-plots to make your story interesting.
Who is the character in question? Where does he/she work? What does he/she look like? Who is his/her love interest? What problems can arise from the decisions they make?
After asking myself these questions I realised that I needed a reason for my character to crossdress. So, after careful deliberation my story outline looked something like this:
                •    Woman (Elizabeth) works as an apprentice at an apothecary
                • The death of her employer/professor sets the story in motion.
                •    The Professor has left Elizabeth the Apothecary in his will
                •    Business turns sour with a female apothecary so Elizabeth dresses as a man to help business.


I want to thank Kate for allowing me to post her work.


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Until next time (in about two weeks) I will post more of her How to write a novel (in 2 months).



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