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How to write a novel and make it plausible


If you’re following these blogs about writing a novel, then you will know the story is about Nick and Lily. Nick is typically English and a little reserved and Lily is American and extrovert. So far they have travelled in Nick’s camper van to Shropshire in England, after being thrown together by circumstances. That sounds plausible, doesn’t it?

We have to be imaginative, but still keep the story plausible. It is supposed to be an amusing story and most of the comedy will be in the dialogue.

“Take the next turning, left,” the sat nav instructed.

“Wow, this is narrow” Lily exclaimed excitedly.

“Applebury Manor should be along here on the left” Nick replied calmly.

“What happens if someone comes the other way and we’re  in the middle of the road?” Lily asked in a puzzled tone.

“We pull over to the left and hope they do too”

“Are any prayers involved in getting two vehicles to pass on these roads, because I’ll be praying!” Lily joked.

Nick turned into the long driveway and the black and white beamed gatehouse came into view. Victoria was outside the front door of the gatehouse waiting to meet them. It was a typical country cottage in a Tudor style, complete with hanging baskets overflowing with colourful blooms and roses around the door.

We have to set the scene before the next part of the story begins, before Nick and Lily meet Victoria and her grandparents. This part of the story where the scene is set for another story within the novel would come at the end of a chapter. Then the new chapter can begin with the introductions. Lily would introduce Nick to her friend Victoria and Victoria might introduce her grandparents to Nick and Lily. We can then establish the relationships between the five characters. Then at the end of that chapter perhaps set the scene for the introduction of Mr Knight, the Lord of the Manor from the big house. We already have some conflict between Nick and Lily, they have a love-hate kind of relationship despite the fact that they are attracted to one another. We can now introduce Victoria and she will be attracted to Nick and a rival for Lily, then later introduce Mr Knight as an antagonist to become an admirer for Lily.

We have to make the story interesting or better still fascinating, but also believable; plausible. What do you think? Does it sound plausible? What do you think will happen next? Can you imagine the characters? Matt, the calm and older gardener and his wife Margaret, would they be the voice of reason perhaps? Mr Knight would be trouble, using his wealth and position to impress Lily. How would he do that, do you suppose? We can stretch the imagination of the reader and make Mr Knight devious and a little dastardly! Can we shock the reader? I don’t think I’ll be using profanity just for effect, but we can perhaps break some social conventions to surprise the reader. I imagine, Mr Knight as having very questionable morals. What do you think?

There are more interesting blogs on the home page. Please comment if you like the story and I need more ideas. Do try to inspire me to write more!


7 responses

  1. I’m enjoying your posts, Mike. Just hope you are writing the book at the same time 🙂

    26, September 2012 at 2:48 pm

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      I struggled to write this today. Some days I’m not in the mood! I’m writing a novella, not more than 60,000 words. I went crazy a few years ago and wrote 200,000 staying up to the early hours! I know the ending, I am working on the ante-climax, then I’ll get going on the humour and dialogue. 🙂

      26, September 2012 at 3:11 pm

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