Plotting Your Story to Create an Effective Book

24 Apr, 2019 Book Writing,Events,Getting Published

You may already have a story in your head that is itching to get out. You know the experiences, obstacles, and life lessons to include. And you know all the major events that shape your story, and move it forward.

This is especially true if you’re basing your story and book on real-life events and experiences. You have the first-hand knowledge and insight to benefit your readers. Plus, you know your subject matter inside and out –simply because you lived it, and because it stems from your own journey.

But how do you take this vast wealth of experiences and turn it into a naturally progressing piece of literature?

How do you plot out the storyline, timeframe, and integral attributes to make your book easy and enjoyable to read?

It starts by considering these tips that will help you transform the story in your head into words on printed paper that can reach and inspire a limitless audience.

Craft A Memorable Book out of Your Story

Identify your narrative arc

Every story has a beginning, middle and end. So the key is to identify the turning points and plot developments that move your story forward.

If you’re having trouble outlining your personal narrative arc, then start with identifying the beginning and ending of your experiences, and go from there.

When did your story start, and what is a good spot in your story for a conclusion?

Once you know the overlying path of your story, it will be easier to fill in the blanks when it comes to the actions that take you from start to finish.


Determine the purpose of every scene

Chances are, there are tons of events or experiences that you’ll want to include in your book, but it’s essential to ensure that every twist and turn applies to your narrative.

As you’re writing and outlining your book, consider carefully the purpose of every scene, and how it plays into your overall story. This is an effective way to weed out any filler material, as well as to keep your book on track towards its ultimate conclusion.


Consider your subplots

Your own experiences are certainly enough to create a book, but you need to flesh out your story to make it engaging to readers throughout.

Consider the major obstacles and developments that move your story forward, but also consider if there are any supplemental developments that help to shape your story, and bring you towards your outcome.

Are there other people or characters who play a key role? Other factors outside your main storyline that influence the progression of your narrative?

Consider these “subplots” carefully and determine how to work them into your overall book.


Get a huge head start with Book Bound

Everyone who comes to a Book Bound event leaves with a full outline and a well thought-out book they can write with confidence and determination. Our three-day Book Bound session is an immersive way to take your story to the next level, and ensure that it’s the book you envisioned, and that it speaks volumes to your readers.

From plots to publishing, Book Bound is a fantastic way to move forward with transforming your story into a piece of literature. Attend this informative event, and discover everything you need to know about crafting your story and creating a book you’ll be proud of.

Join the June session in Plano, Tx here! I look forward to seeing you there!

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Plotting Your Story to Create an Effective Book
You have a story in your head, but how do you put it into an engaging and readable book? Read on to uncover the tricks for plotting your book’s development.

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