There are four primary approaches for beginning a successful novel. Probably more, including some highly experimental ones, but these are the classic main four. Run your story idea through the filter of each of these and see if one of them feels right for your book.
The dénouement is the quiet recovery scene of your book. It’s the happy celebration time when awards are bestowed and the couple get married. To complete your novel you must ...
Many beginning novelists think of the climax of their story as one single, explosive event. While that’s true to a degree, the climax of a novel actually has four components. Here's what they are and how to get them right.
Author Jeff Gerke discusses conflict in this excerpt from Plot Versus Character.