3.1 Overview

In Section 1, you discovered that the key to becoming an effective self-editor was to start to see the book from a more structural viewpoint. In Section 2, we focused on Classical Design and the importance of the three act structure. In this section, we take one step...

3.2 Viewpoint

One of the first questions a writer faces is what viewpoint to use in their novel. Do you write in first or third person? It is one of those questions that seems simple on the surface but gets complex once you start to delve into the details. In this section, we will...

3.3 Voice

When describing a novel, people will often refer to the ‘voice’ of the writer. The term voice is vague and difficult to define, but still remains an important element in the relationship between a reader and a novel. In this section, we will seek to define what voice...

3.4 Dialogue

One important element in constructing a novel is dialogue. This, along with narrative summary, is the primary methods in which the story is presented to the reader. The aim of this section is to show you that dialogue should be treated as an independent element with...

3.5 Description

In the previous sections, we have scene that a novel is split into two key elements: Narrative summary. Dialogue. We have seen that dialogue is split into speech and beats. However, we have not fully examined narrative summary. What we do know is that narrative...