This is my second read of the The Breakout Novelist by literary agent Donald Maass. The first was while I was revising my second manuscript– a contemporary YA, which landed me an agent and is currently under submission (fingers & toes crossed). Now, as I write past the midpoint of my third manuscript (in-progress), I needed a refresher, so again I rifled through my worn copy of this writing craft favorite.
Maass says every novelist could strengthen three primary levels of novel: plot, individual scenes and line-by-line micro-tension.
Below you will find some highlights on these three areas extracted from The Breakout Novelist. The book also covers other important topics like premise, stakes, character development and world-building.