There has been a lot of buzz going around how there is no “right” way to write a novel. We disagree. One of the best things about writing is it is considered to be Objectively Subjective. What we mean by this is some writers work through structured outlines while others dive-in head first exploring the path. What is the “right” way to write a novel?
Understand yourself as a writer and perfect your methods.
Whether you are The Structurer, The Explorer or maybe somewhere in between you can create a masterpiece by being Objectively Subjective.
Before becoming an Objectively Subjective writer we need to understand where our methods fall on the spectrum…
The Structurer: Has a clear path of the story and uses a concise outline during the process. This process starts with the basics. Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution. After finding initial direction The Structurer then adds smaller conflicts and climaxes that creates character development and the story. They have the direction of the novel in mind and execute accordingly.
The Explorer: Starts with a blank piece of paper and a lot of words. Explorers use their current moods and passions to develop characters and create conflicts. The story has no direction but also no limits to which direction the final draft will go. Depending on the day The Explores takes their writing wherever their mind will let them go.
Now on a scale of Structurer to Explorer where are you? It is common to be somewhere in the middle of the two. Understanding where you are on the scale as a writer helps the writing process go more smoothly and clears your mind for imagination and creativity.