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Last chapter we talked about character names and why novels with characters who have relatable names often make the bestselling list but why creative names often make for the best stories. Read chapter nine here:

I was going through a novel I finished recently and wondered what advice I could give to someone who wants to do the same, and I realized it might be unclear what a general timeline is for a novel you want to write. Of course, how you fill in the timeline is entirely up to you. Yet, most novels have the same construction which I will discuss below.

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1. introduction

the intro does not necessarily have to include things that are relevant to your story's plot. It's important here to establish a background - who are your characters, what do they do for a living, what do they do for fun, who knows who, etc. It usually just serves to explain how normal the main character's life was before * the thing * happens which your story is about.

2. rising action

the tension begins to build. Something happens. Something that previously happened begins to interfere with a character's life. Someone discovers something. This is the something™ that will lead to the problem™ your book is about. The rising action doesn't end until the point of no return™ (ie the climax). Thus, the rising action can take ages.

3. climax

help, nothing is going right anymore and we're all dying. Your characters are fully in the plot and understand what the problem is, and are at the point where going back to the rising action is no longer possible, because where they must be is here and now. The climax is much shorter than the rising and falling action.

4. falling action

the climax has ended and the problem is solved. Loose ends are tied up.

5. ending

the "ending" used here is ambiguous as now your story can go one of two ways: the problem of the climax ends, or the novel ends. Usually in a novel or film there will be one big climax. In television or book series for example, the falling action will often end in a temporary solution, but goes right back to rising action afterward, to keep the series going. Every episode or book of the series has its own mountain.

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Visually representation of a television or book series

I hope this chapter gave you an insight in what a novel timeline generally looks like. It's really helpful if you like to plan our your novel and don't know which scene to put where.

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