ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Behind the Scenes of a Novel-Day 4

Updated on November 11, 2012

Getting the Words down

Words on the page
Words on the page


Chapter three is complete. I need to think about how I want to approach chapter four. I recaptured the scene I'd lost. I think it might be better than what I first wrote. I may end up going back and adding more. I have to let it sit for a while before I do anything to it.

Sometimes I bounce a scene off a friend or family member. Sometimes I keep them to myself. I don't always want to explain the entire premise to someone. At this stage, my work is no where near ready for anyone to read.

When I get ready to review what I've written, I will go in and read it to see if I have used the word "that" in too many places. Sometimes I mistakenly use it instead of which. Other times it is a totally unnecessary word. I will replace contractions in description. Using them only in dialog. It makes the writing flow better. I will ask myself if what is written will make sense to a reader, someone not myself. Then I will forge on from there.

Some days I will get two or three chapters written. Other days I will struggle to get one done. I have even been known to leave in the middle of a chapter rather than fight with the words or characters.

Who Are the Characters in This Book?

I currently am working with the two main characters. Dani Montgomery who has inherited her grandparents' home and is doing remodeling as she sets up her law practice. She is blonde and feisty. Coming home has dredged up some memories for her.

Brad Stevens is the contractor Dani has hired to do the remodeling. They have a history. He's tall, dark haired and a hunk. Sparks fly between them. Their previous relationship was good but seemed to just fade away.

Can they recapture what they had and build something with a future? That's one of the themes running through the book.

Ella, the long time family housekeeper, adds a different dimension to the cast. She sees what is happening between Brad and Dani long before either of them do. She is known for muttering under her breath. This brings chuckles to both our main characters.

Dani made a discovery about the house when she was about twelve. Using that knowledge, Dani is going to embark on a new adventure. Will Brad go along with her? Will help or hinder her plans? All this will make for an exciting plot.

There is lost love, mystery, and intrigue. All that makes for tension and dynamics throughout the book. Of course, we are going to add it crimes. The nature of those crimes will remain my secret. I cannot tell you everything, you wouldn't need to buy the book then.

Macy McVannel will make an appearance or two as one of Dani's college friends and as a police officer. Again it adds another dimension to the story. All good novels have layers and layers of substory and tension. How the characters interact with each other also adds dimension.

The goal is to have believable characters. Characters who could feasibly be real people. They are not perfect. They have flaws. They have fears, feelings, likes, and dislikes. You want your reader to love your protagonist and dislike your villain. That's how you keep your readers turning the pages. They want to know if things are going to work out or not. Does truth, justice, and the American way prevail or is there and issue that can't be resolved? These are things to keep in mind as you write and make progress on your novel.

Make your characters count.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)