Author: Sandy Vaile
Originally published on the Writers In The Storm blog, 8th February 2023
Too often I see authors enthusiastically start writing a novel, only to run out of steam part way through. In fact, only 30% of people who start writing a novel will actually finish it. It’s heartbreaking when a fantastic concept languishes in the bottom drawer forever.
Why does this happen?
You could be writing a shiny, exciting idea that doesn’t have the substance to support an entire book.
A lot of this hinges on the main character, and doesn’t matter if you prefer to plot or discover your way into a story.
A story’s rock-solid foundation comes from knowing who the main character is and what their journey through the story looks like, especially their motivations and “why” everything happens, which provides readers with a deeper understanding of the story as a whole.
This clarity turns your awesome idea into something tangible and purposeful.
Today, I want to explore the very inception of a story and how we can shape those initial ideas into a tale we are passionate to tell.
Empowering aspiring authors to confidently write novels they're proud to publish