Writer Notebook: Developing an idea for a novel

It was, after all, only a boring little anecdote, live from the snow-covered front porch of a working mama rushing to get her kiddo to daycare.
But it got me to a wonderful place writer’s love to go to; it’s called: What if

Bright ideas for novels can happen in a wink, but developing an idea for a novel

Yet another challenging i-don’t-wanna-sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep mama night.

Exhausted, late for the day job (yes, one can be late for the day job even if said-one work’s from home), I rushed my tired kiddo and my grouchy-grumpy self out the door.

And ba-da-boum!

It happened.

Footprints in a fresh blanket of snow.

Novel Idea Land

Why is it so incredible, mind-blowing, DARN AWESOME?

Well, thanks for asking! Here’s why:

  • It was a weekday (talk about mind-blowing information, am I right or dang right?)
  • It was way too early for delivery.
  • I hadn’t left the house for the past 60 hours; so, paranoïa

Unfortunatly, this little saga has a sad, depressing, oh-so-subburby end.

The weekly publisac, a plastic bag full of flyers that usually got delivered later during the day, had been delivered freaking early.


But it got me to a wonderful place writer’s love to go to.

It’s called « What if ».

Developing an idea for a novel

I’m not gonna go for the mysterious footprints in the snow, since I got a couples of ideas waiting to see the light of day.

In this new series of blog posts, I want to go « live » and develop an idea for a novel, down from answering the famous 5W+H questions to the zero draft stage.

I will also take a old messy idea and clean the whole thing up. For it needs a dang darn dong cleaning.

Ok, now. I am certainly not the first to propose a « how to develop an idea for a novel » serie of blog posts.
I will go with the flow of five writers I particularly like and who have (of course) written or recorded a « how to develop story ideas for a novel » post or video (links down below). I think they are very valuable resources, and their take on it helped me a lot.

I will also use a lot of craft books, which I will also link below.

Fellow writers, I really hope this series will help and inspire and be of some use.

Thanks for reading, very, very much.


On the Internet-verse:


Helping Authors becomes Authors

Samantha Allaker

Vivien Reis


On paper:

The Anatomy of Story, by John Trudy

Save the Cat!, by Blake Snyder

On Writing, by Stephen King

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Comment je suis devenu cannibale, de François Gravel

Auteur : Marie Alice

Writing away and reading books. Joy! Écrire à tout vent et lire des romans. Joie!

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