Deconstructing Novels

Some editors recommend it. Some published authors swear it’s the way they learned to win contests and obtain contracts. Savvy Authors and writing groups sponsor workshops on deconstructing individual novels. But how do you actually deconstruct a novel?

I prefer to combine the romance novel method (Link 1 below) with a brief outline of the chapters. Warning: My method is time-consuming but well worth the effort.

How many novels have you deconstructed? What method did you use?

1. Romance Novel method:

(Thanks to my friend and fellow writer, Ana Farrish, for recommending this link.)

2. Scene method:


  1. Thanks, Jillian. You always provide great information.

  2. Love your info. Great links. I have one novel that I completely deconstructed. And I do mean COMPLETELY. I not only looked for GMC but little things like dialog tags, transitions, flashbacks, etc. One thing I did not do was analyze each scene. I think I’ll try it!

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