How does copyright work? In my story, my characters have an affinity for certain bands or artists that exist in real life (it’s sort of an urban fantasy). They often sing their favorite songs too. But if my work ever becomes public, can the author get in trouble for “advertising” or “plagiarizing” someone’s work? Or is that considered public domain?

Unfortunately, since none of the PLHL admins are legal experts, this question is out of our scope of practice. I know that song lyrics are copyrighted, so you will need to obtain specific permission to use them in a manuscript. However, please do your own research on fair use. We are not qualified to give any sound advice.

Best of luck,
xx Sarah

“He looks at me like the world could end. He looks at me with the passion of someone who won’t stay,…”

“He looks at me like the world could end. He looks at me with the passion of someone who won’t…

You always asked me what I wanted. What I wanted was to spill my heart and soul, Tell you every…

You always asked me what I wanted.
What I wanted was to spill my heart and soul,
Tell you every…

Outlining and Organizing Master Post

The words “pantser” and “planner” get thrown around a lot within the various virtual writing communities, especially those who participate in National Novel Writing Month. November has come and gone, but writers do not let the changing of the seasons stop their craft. If one is a planner, they find planning out their novel in advance to be most productive. Some people plan their stories for months in advance before starting to write. Conversely, if one is a pantser, they prefer to take a more freeform approach to their writing projects. In a way, the stories of a pantser write themselves because the author is not afraid to take a concept and run with it. 

I am a scientist by trade. My entire life revolves around meticulous planning in order to get the accurate and precise results I need. A byproduct of that is that I seem to not be able to do anything without creating a game plan first. If I don’t, writer’s block sets in and nothing gets done, or I get so focused on one certain detail that the rest of the work falls short. So, I’ve put together a master post of resources to help other planners (and people who want to be planners) organize their thoughts for a productive writing project.

As always, the links I find to be especially apt will be in bold.

Outlining

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

How to Outline a Novel (Even If You’re Not an Outliner)

Outlining Your Novel: Why and How

How to Outline a Novel Chapter by Chapter

5 Steps to Outline a Story

Plot Outline Creation: 7 Smart Methods

How to Write a Character-Driven Plot Outline

Organization

How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel

How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life

Planning, Outlining, and Organizing Your Novel – Or Not!

A Novel Strategy: How to Organize Big Writign Projects

Organize Your Novel with Excel

Novel Structure Diagram [Image]

Planning

Everything You Need to Know About Planning Your Novel

Planning a Novel in Ten Steps

Your Novel Blueprint

25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep Your Story

The Ultimate 10 Step Guide to Plan and Write Your Book

How to Create a Special Snowflake (No, Really! Creating Fiction Through the Snowflake Method) 

How To Write A Novel Outline (Like the #WriteBoss You Are!)

Miscellaneous

The Story Map [Educational Tool][Flash]

Character Outline [1][2]

xx Sarah

““Oftentimes, just as the sun goes down; I begin to feel this empty, loneliness in the pit of my…”

““Oftentimes, just as the sun goes down; I begin to feel this empty, loneliness in the pit of…

She smiled to herself, then followed Satomi ou…

She smiled to herself, then followed Satomi out of the hall.

“I don’t cry over people, but I cried over you.”

“I don’t cry over people, but I cried over you.” – Mae-Lex

“You always shined so bright in my night sky. You were the centre of everything. I saw you as the…”

“You always shined so bright in my night sky. You were the centre of everything. I saw you as…

“I could write novels about her eyes alone. They had so many beautiful and painful things to say.”

“I could write novels about her eyes alone. They had so many beautiful and painful things to…

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You have to look for a long time before you can see the tiniest ones.