When your plot refuses to reveal itself

photo (1)November, as many writers are aware, is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). Many aspiring novelists attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

This is the first year I’ve committed to NaNoWriMo. I’m really going to do this, but it is turning out to be much more of a challenge than I thought. And it’s only Day 7.

This is my problem: The plot of my novel is eluding me. Plot is, arguably, the most important aspect of a novel. Several times I thought I had it nailed down, only to discover I had many exciting plot twists (i.e. – “The villain is actually your MOM” and “That guy is actually your BROTHER”) but not an actual plot.

Yes, I should have worked this out during the month of October so I was ready to go come November 1. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed.

I know I’m close. Know the feeling? Here’s what I have rounded up in regard to plot:


Writer’s Digest NaNoWriMo 2012 Giveaway – 20 Master Plots

GoTeenWriters 36 Plot Ideas for your Novel

Alexandra Sokoloff – Why the Three Act Structure?

Writers Digest – Plot Like a Bestseller


Hope this helps!

– Brooke H.

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