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Hello and welcome! We only have a few rules, so please consider them before posting or commenting on the works within.

Rule 1: Please post your "Write-A-Novel" writing exercises in the appropriate exercise folders found in the gallery; and make sure that your exercise is appropriately titled with the number of the exercise you are posting.

Rule 2: When commenting on other people's work, please be honest with your criticisms but also respectful and uplifting. We criticize because we want our art to improve and because we want to build one another up in skill and in spirit; please make sure your comments reflect this ideal.

Rule 3: As I would like this group to be appropriate for DA members of all ages, please refrain from posting fetish and pornographic content.

Don't be too concerned about fearing the rules. If there is an issue that is not a blatant and grotesque violation of the rules or common decency, I'll privately message you and try to work out the issue in the most polite way possible. So have fun and enjoy your membership in the group.

Workshop: Outlining and Premise

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 9:02 AM
Now that we have our prep work done, it's time to start setting up the ups and downs of our plot.  Every plot needs to have an arc that is compelling and keeps the reader, well, reading.  The easiest way to make sure you have an intriguing arc is to create an outline and of course, submit it to the group for feedback.  Who else is going to be able to point out your plot holes?  :giggle:  We're also going to be working on plot premise for your novel as well as your characters in order to ensure that you have well rounded and believable characters that your readers will be able to relate to.  Now, to the serious bits, your tasks.

Your First Task

Plot premises are very important, not just so you can relate the story concept to your reader, but also, so you know what path each character is going to take in the journey of your novel.  You'll start off by making a list of your characters (protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters) and then create a plot premise for each character, details can be found here.  Once you've done that, it should be easy to create the plot premise for your novel.

Your Second Task

We're going to start easy.  We want you to create a Twelve Point Outline, details can be found here, for your novel.  Overly detailed isn't necessary right now.  We'll get into that later.  Instead, we're looking for the basic points of the story that create your arc. 

An Example to Follow

As with every previous workshop, JosephBlakeParker has gone ahead and already completed this workshop, so there is an example for you to follow.

Submitting to the Group

You'll be submitting to this Gallery Folder this time around and just like last time, if you would prefer not to put your novel's information on the internet for all to see, you're welcome to submit to and note the GreenBat-Tutorials with a link to be included with the round up article next week.

On Your Own

If you're looking for some side projects to do that incorporate what we're workshopping in this journal, well, we've come up with a short list for you:
  • Compare your outline to your map and see if there are any possible problems, such as a character reappearing after they've been defeated, or a character being stuck in a desert without water.
  • Offer critique to other deviants' work.  Analyze whether or not the sequence of events make a logical progression and if their characters seem genuine.

Deadline for Inclusion in the Round Up Journal is April 22nd

Further Reading

How to Create an Outline for Your NovelHow to Create an Outline for Your Novel
Anybody Can Write a Novel Version 2.0
Chapter 4 “Preparing Your Plot” – Section 1 “The Outline”
“Plot is what happens in your story. Every story needs structure, just as every body needs a skeleton. It is how you 'flesh out and clothe' your structure that makes each story unique.”
-Caroline Lawrence
Of all of the topics to discuss in writing a novel, none of them inspire quite so much ire as that of outlining your story. As artists, we sometimes want to believe in the concept of absolute freedom from form and convention, and that our achievements come from personal brilliance, total creativity, and ingenuity. However, when we consider how visual artists are critiqued when audience-appreciation for their piece is diminished by a lack of shading, poor color selection, bad perspective, or any
5 Steps for Creating a Plot Premise5 Steps for Creating a Plot Premise
Anybody Can Write a Novel Version 2.0
Chapter 4 “Creating a Plot” – Section 2 “Plot Premise”
"Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him."
-Mel Brooks
Ask a beginning writer what their story is about, and you'll likely be rewarded with a long and tedious monologue about their world, characters, and story ideas—told in such a way that reveals that they really can't answer the question without telling the entire story. If you are trying to gain reader interest, or even publish your work, you need to be able to answer that question in a c

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TheBaneOfHelios Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Student Writer
Hi, teacher!

Just wondering if I could make and post an exercie twice in the same folder, so I could have you see them and comment them (not an exact copy or an edit, I mean an exercise with different solutions. I´m bad at explaining)

Also, have you planned of making a tutorial based on descriptions (like extension based on genre, when to introduce, balance between features or how to focus, that sort of thing)?
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes, posting the same exercise would be fine so long as it is a significantly different work. 

My tutorials on description will sort of be cut up into a bunch of upcoming tutorials, but it should be what you're looking for :)
Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Err, do you take only English stuff? Because I feel writers of different languages (such as myself, I tend to write in German) would greatly profit as well.
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Professional Writer
No, I just haven't received any submissions in any other language. But feel free :) Hopefully we can get some other German speakers who can interact with your work. 
Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay then, I'll do some exercises in German! Especially the character ones will be helpful, I hope.
Clunch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Did you know I can only submit one document a day? I thought it would be a good idea to inform you xD, I will try to upload my second map tomorrow.
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Professional Writer
I raised the limit to 5 per day. Let me know if you have any more trouble. 
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional Writer
No, I didn't ... I will look into that. Thanks for letting me know
Clunch Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2015
I actually have no clue how to submit things in here foolish me XD

Edit: (Found it :D)
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Writer
haha, cool, accepted!
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