Plotting a Novel with Lisa Gardner

Posted by Backyard Urban Gardening on Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Crime, mystery, and suspense writer, Lisa Gardner, shares her personal techniques for plotting a novel on her website at In this article written in 2001, Gardner lists six steps she uses to plot her novels:

  • brainstorming
  • preliminary research
  • first outline
  • more brainstorming and research
  • serious outline
  • start writing
The article provides a detailed description of her technique for using note cards during the plotting and outlining process.

Lisa Gardner's novels include The Perfect Husband, Gone, and The Killing Hour. Her website has a lot of "insider" information that delves into her process of generating ideas, including tricks of the trade, and a tool chest for writers.


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