Writer’s Wall: Grid & Container

For those that took a look at my Writer’s Wall there are some big picture elements that make up this novel-designing Wall (see below).  Once you have physically built your Wall, you will want to return to these elements and brainstorm about them (like the lady above :)) further in order to work out your general outline for the novel (and to fill in some of the blanks on your Wall!).  At this stage, some simple point form notes for each will work well.  Just give yourself a general idea of where your novel is going to go. 

From Before You Write a Word: Designing Your Novel by Hedy Czu


Consists of five layers

  1. Four Quarters of the Story-line
  2. Character Arc
  3. Romance Plot
  4. Action Plot
  5. Support Plot

The CONTAINER which surrounds the GRID consists of eight elements:

  1. A Kernel of an Idea
  2. Theme
  3. Time-span
  4. Setting
  5. Tone
  6. Backstory
  7. Echo or Repetition
  8. Conflict
    1. External Conflict (woman against man)
    2. Inner Conflict (woman against herself)
    3. Internal-External Conflict (e.g., a goal versus the risk factor)

Once you have a general idea about how you want to fill in the blanks for these required pieces of the Story Structure Grid, you can start moving on to the details which make up the different layers of the Grid.


More DETAILS to come….