How should you plot your novel? What shape should your story have? How can you grip the reader from page one? How can you keep the tension and surprise up through the middle? And how can you make your ending as satisfying as possible? Death Of 1000 Cuts, the writing podcast with author Tim Clare (that’s me), reveals all.

This episode teaches you everything you need to know about plot and structuring your novel. No need to fear formula! Learn to tame it and bend it to your will. Following on from our episode on the 7 Pillars of Line-Editing Your Novel, this time we look at how to sculpt your novel into a pleasing shape, how to think about where to start and where to end, and how to make sure you make promises that you payoff on.

This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know: how should I structure my novel? How does plot work? When should I work on an outline? How does structure work in literary fiction? How do I make my story compelling? How can I make the middle of my story gripping?

If you’d like to support me as I make the podcast, please buy my book or one of the books I mention via the links below:

THE HONOURS by Tim Clare.

STORY by Robert McKee.

THE 7 BASIC PLOTS by Christopher Brooker.