Posted on 07/28/2021 at 10:36 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Book coach Susan DeFreitas sees most novels begin one of three ways: with a character idea, with a plot idea, and with a theme.

Each method carries certain advantages for an author while also posing a few unique challenges, so she’s examining each launching point in a series for Jane Friedman.

DeFreitas has found that plot-inspired novels benefit from being inherently high-concept, from pleasing readers, and from having a clear path.

But at the same time, authors must watch for missing character arcs, expanding plots, and the lack of a real ending.

DeFreitas gives a deeper explanation of the strengths and challenges in starting a novel with plot on Friedman’s blog.

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