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New writers tend to run from structure, but structure is essential for a successful story. To the experienced writer structure is an old friend, a calming pill, a money spinner. This post presents a free-form approach to structure that will appeal to both pantsers and planners.

August 22, 2015

I know it’s hard to believe, but NaNoWriMo is just around the corner.

For those who don’t know NaNo is National Novel Writing Month. You write 50,000 words in the month of November. This year I will be using Scrivener and working from an outline. I am starting now!

I’m going to finish my story, “The Dying Time,” and then create a story synopsis of the first book of The Ridgeback Gang Series “Southern Sue and the Obnoxious Step-Dad.”

A story synopsis is about four pages written in story form that tells the story from beginning to end. It may not be the finished product, but it is a great place to start. From that synopsis I will break the story into parts and then into chapters. This is very easy to do in Scrivener. I will be creating screen shots as I work for a future blog post on writing with Scrivener.

You can learn more about NaNo here.

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