I finished the rough draft of a new novel, the second in the sequence of three I’m developing. I used the same process I used to write the new sections of the first novel (of this new trilogy) and it worked even better this time:
- First, know the characters and what they want
- Outline the events I’m most interested in seeing, arising from clashing character motivation
- Sketch out the arcs (this book has two major POV and three minor)
- Pick an arc and start drafting.
I started my novel career by writing books deliberately drafted to sound as though one person were sharing a story with you, the listener. It’s been a bit of a shift to write novels with multiple points of view, but I’ve gotten more and more practiced with it.