How To Plot A Novel

When I started writing young adult books, I found this information over at CJ Omololu’s blog, and put it into the form of a chart. It helps me visually see how elements in each box should connect. This is very basically how I plot a novel. And the only kind of outline I’ve ever used. It’s been a wonderful tool for helping me pace my books events. Plot is now one of the easiest things for me to manipulate and “fix” in my books. But it used to be one of the hardest for me. So, thank you, to CJ for this tool. I hope it helps other writers, too.


PS: Please forgive the typos within the chart. I took an image of a document, and really just don’t feel like going back at this point to fix it. I’d rather go write fiction.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

6 thoughts on “How To Plot A Novel

  1. You know I hate to plan, but I’m going to try to have a bit more direction when starting my new project. Perhaps I won’t wander off down so many paths this time. Thanks for this!

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