Plotting the novel
Choosing a genre
Why do you need to limit yourself to a genre? Why not just write the book and then define which genre it is?
Of course that can be done, but different genres require different style of writing, and if you are aware of the style of writing, the times when you are sitting there not knowing what to write next get shorter and fewer.
Also, different genres ask different questions about characters, environment etc.
Finally, it's easier to sell your book if it has a clear genre.
types of novels and which one you should choose
But... should you?
never let genre get in the way of a good storyMixing it up
Other things on the subject of taming the novel ;-)
TV script-writing trick helped organize YA novel
Who Needs ‘Em? Conflict, Resolution, and Organization
How to Organize a novel
- in the sideline is links to other interesting articles.
Organizing the novel writing adventure
Lela Davidson's How to write a novel in six months
What's your motivation?
I love this First Sale interview series at Dear Author, romance writing blog. It's a nice reminder of why one wants to write a novel and get it published too :-D
Setting goals to your writing career
Setting writing goals
Write for the right reasons
Fiction Factor: Motivation
10 disciplines for fiction writers