Story Arcs

With my first three books, I researched, did minimal planning and set off writing. Yes, there were points in the story when I was unsure how to proceed but I usually sorted it out within a day or two. A walk on the beach is good for clearing your head. Having begun my fourth


book at a random chapter, I have been struggling and now have five random chapters, separated by years and beginning to think it should be two books because I couldn’t see the way through the woods. I know the story because once again the inspiration is a real person.

In these circumstances, what you should do is to go back to first principles. Get the instruction book out (as I keep telling my husband when something doesn’t work). in reality – it means google it.

So, for the first time, I have created a story arc and guess what – it works. I have the beginnings of structure and I’m also clearer about motivation  How much of what I have already written will go in the bin, I’m not sure. Some of it will need reworking but I can see how book 3 in the Currency Girls series will work.


About Rosemary Noble

Writer, author, amateur historian and traveller
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One Response to Story Arcs

  1. Angela Petch says:

    Very interested in your story arc method. Could you perhaps share with us what this is – or point us in the right direction to reference it. Did you draw your own outline or is there a pattern/crib we could use? Thanks!


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