September 11, 2016

Plotting with Themes

How to Use Themes to Plot a Novel

When building a plot, it helps me to start to think about the themes across the novel fairly early. In my mind, I try to identify three themes that will bridge the whole novel together. I also find that, by…


August 15, 2016

Using the Beat Sheet to Plot a Novel

Plotting using the beat sheet.

The Beat Sheet is a very popular tool for novel plotting. A quick google search will bring up a lot of resources surrounding the use of the Beat Sheet.   The Beat Sheet is a resource that first appeared in…


July 10, 2016

The 10-20-10 Method of Plotting

The 10 20 10 method for plotting your novel.

I came across the 10-20-10 method of plotting about eighteen months ago, and have loved it. It’s not the only plotting technique, but I find it a great help in ensuring that my story has depth and interest throughout. It’s…