Illustration by Crystal Zapata
What I'm about to tell you will sound insane. I ask you to put your sanity aside and join me on a wild ride. Of math. Yes, math. I know. I hate it too. But I love a certain type of math that helps me not think about math when I'm writing a novel. And hell, who knows, maybe I'm a closet mathematician who decided to become a novelist just to spite the mathematician. I better stop. This is starting to turn into a story.
What I'm about to tell you is very simple. It's so simple, you will probably hate me. Join the club. I hate myself too. For not seeing this earlier. For not knowing. A very simple truth.
Any novel can be broken down to pieces that start from a word and end with the novel itself. Right. You heard this before. But wait. There is more. And novel can be written easily according to how those pieces function IF YOU STICK WITH THEIR FUNCTION.
I had to scream it in your face. In mine, too. In fact, I have Post-it sticky notes above my laptop as I'm typing this, screaming at me to adhere to the elements of the novel AND NOT STRAY. What I'm about to outline for you below is a simple list that starts small and gets big, with every line of it constituting a novel element and the rules by which said element must be written. This is a result of me dunking my head back into books on writing, plotting, and all that jazz. Most recently and notably, The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne WHICH YOU ALL MUST READ (no, I'm not getting paid for telling you this, but you can send me chocolate for turning you on it). Let's put our arguments of the deep soul searching that writing is as opposed to rules of writing and experiment with this wild idea.
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