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Three Questions I Ask When I Write A Novel, by Jane Kirkpatrick

Three simple but important questions I should remember as I get closer to tackling a rough draft of my book.

Writing Historical Novels

At author forums, I am often asked what my writing day looks like, or what my writing practices are that have helped me write a historical novel each year.  I tell them first about a book, Structuring Your Novel by Robert Meredith and John Fitzgerald. It was a suggested read by my first editor and the book has enhanced my work before actual writing.  One of the most important practices  suggested in that book has been to answer three questions posed by the authors to would-be novelists.

The first question is: What is my intention?  The answer to this is the “elevator answer” for when someone asks us on the elevator what we’re working on and we have one floor to describe our work in progress.  What is this story about? For my current historical novel the first answer is that this is a story about Dorothea Dix, an early international…

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