I am using Donald Maass' "Writing the Breakout Novel" book and workbook to write a complete novel. This blog will discuss the process of writing the novel based on Mr. Maass's instructions. My goal is to have a complete manuscript by t

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Latest Blog Posts for The Breakout Novel Project

  • Found my premise just now
    on Feb 3, 2010
    Donald Maass describes the premise to be an idea "with soil rich enough to grow a highly memorable novel; one that will both feed the author's imagination and, finally, nourish millions of readers." The key ingredients that he (a book agent)  lo...
  • Plot thickeners
    on Feb 2, 2010
    The previous exercise to explore breaking the boundaries of my characters introduced ideas that could be plots in and of themselves. This led me to re-examine the plot fundamentals described in my Jan. 29 post. In the plot outline, I see plot la...
  • My Protagonist in the flesh
    on Feb 1, 2010
    This exercise from Writing the Breakout Novel gave my protagonist(s) depth and opened the door for new scenes that have increased my affection for them. I think I'm moving out of the cardboard stage and into the wonderful inner life of humanity. 1. D...
  • My Character, my hero
    on Jan 31, 2010
    After learning a bit about the end game, I feel more focused on the critical aspects of a novel. The task is less ambiguous, but no less creative. I return to the beginning, and begin to flesh out my characters. They exist in my mind already.In the w...
  • The first baby steps
    on Jan 29, 2010
    In the introduction of Writing the Breakout Novel Donald wrote that the high failure rate of first manuscripts happen because "a novel is a large, complex, fluid and difficult-to-manage undertaking". That prompts me to work on an the outline first. B...
  • Upon finding a special book, the project is born
    on Jan 28, 2010
    I have challenged myself to complete a publishable novel within one year. As unlikely as that may sound, I feel confident in this goal due to the motivational and instructive discourse found in Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. This is...
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