Want A Better Novel? Try These Approaches. by Darlene Beck Jacobson

One of the themes this month is structure. I decided to take the opportunity to explore some sites for writers that offer advice on structure and plotting.  Here are two that stood out for their unique and helpful content.

BETTER NOVEL PROJECT: This blog written by Christine Frazier uses the mantra "Deconstructing best-selling novels, one doodle at a time".  Frazier use index "cards" and illustrations to break down common elements of popular novels such as the Hunger Games, and Harry Potter.  Her detailed outlines provide a comprehensive MASTER OUTLINE to guide us in structuring our own WIP.


Tomi Adeyemi is a writing coach who offers FREE VIDEO COURSES on mastering plot.  She also has downloadable worksheets on character and structure, backstory templates and writing prompts.  I signed up for the free 15 minute videos that get delivered right to your inbox.   You'll also find lots of advice on plotting and revising on her blog.


Does anyone else have some tried and true online site they find helpful for structure and plotting?


  1. Darlene, I'm getting closer to the point of hoping to finally be focusing on my novels so this is very helpful :D Thank you!

    And I can't vouch for anything personally, but I do think two sites that have fantastic info and resources are: http://writershelpingwriters.net/ and https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

  2. Very helpful! I have students and friends who have achieved fabulous results by following the approach in Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT.

  3. You know, figuring out what works in popular books is a GREAT way to grow as a writer. I need to check out that Better Novel Project!


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