Setting up your novel: Theme and Mood

Check it out at the Art of Writing. Starting a series on how to set up your novel. With Nanowrimo coming up this could be your springboard for how to ready it!

Broken Mirrors

I know there are several ways to write a novel. Tolkien just ran with it. GRRM already knows who sits on the Iron Throne. Each of us have likely at least started a story where we planned it out or which we just sat down and started writing, making up characters and settings as the whims struck. With Nanowrimo so close, however, I’m going to give a little guide that may (or may not) help you with your literary challenge come November.

There is an entity which is oft ignored by authors. Theme and mood are ultimately the driving, intangible, overarching feel and lesson of the story at hand. Sure it may shift a little in a few scenes, but at the end of the book what should the reader come away with? This paints everything else you write.

Mood is fairly simple. Is it up beat? Is it dour?…

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