Susanne Dunlap Book Coach
Your Historical Novel Starts Here
Welcome to The Book Starts Here!
How much time do you need for each lesson?
State your goals
Week 1: Lay the Foundation
Why do you want to write this book?
What point do you want to make with your book?
Create a working title
Whose story is it?
Who's telling the story?
Write the simplest version of your story
Week 2: Think About the Readers
Know Your Genre
Picture Your Ideal Reader
What's next to your book on the shelf?
Write Your Book Jacket Copy
Week 3: Start Building the Framework
What's Your Story's Timeline?
Where does your story start and end—exactly?
Flesh out your protagonist
What's standing in the way?
Week 4: Map Out Your Whole Book
Scene vs. Summary
Outline Your Plot
For Your Reference: A few craft basics
What is a scene?
Point of View
Active and Passive Voice
Who’s telling the story?
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