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+Better Novel Project Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to do better... and sometimes we need to cut ourselves a break and accept that the creative process is an erratic one. I believe in being a professional who can work under deadline, but I also accept that sometimes a work of art takes shape on its own timetable. Many of these novels were firsts -- or at least the first in a long-running series -- and perhaps it just takes time to "break the back" of a story.
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Be a Book Doctor: How to Evaluate Your Own Story via Karen Woodward http://buff.ly/2ix0b7w
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Great post from Lara Edits 📑! 9 Methods for Choosing a Title http://buff.ly/2gzrduJ
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Deconstructing Bestselling Novels, One Index Card at a Time
Introduction
Better Novel Project is all about deconstructing bestsellers, discovering what elements they have in common, and using these elements as a backbone for a new master outline.

I am breaking down three immensely popular novels—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Hunger Games, and Twilight—and categorizing them based on their common elements, from word counts to character archetypes. Each element will get its own index card, and then each index card will find a place in the master outline.

Follow along, index card by index card, as I use research instead of luck to write a better novel.