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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Eight: What To Do If You Get Stuck

September 7, 2018 by Sarra Cannon

Writing Tips

Now that you have an amazing plot for your novel, what do you do if you hit the dreaded writer’s block? Sometimes, no matter how much time you’ve put into plotting and planning, you will find that your characters and your story just won’t cooperate with all the scenes you’ve laid out for them.

So, what can you do to get the words flowing again?

How To Plot Your Novel, Video Eight: What To Do If You Get Stuck

The Plot Your Novel Guide

In an effort to make this plotting video series even more awesome, I have put together a Plot Your Novel workbook that will guide you through every step of the outlining process. And what’s even better is that it’s completely free!!

*Note: If you are already signed up for my newsletter list, check your email! I sent you a direct link to download this free workbook in last week’s email. If you can’t find it, please email me and I’ll get it to you!

Thank You!

Thank you so much to all of you who have watched and participated throughout this eight-part video series on plotting a novel. I sincerely hope you have found it helpful.

Next up, we’ll be covering more ways to keep your writing and business life organized so that you can get more done, including how to create a series bible, how to manage your daily tasks, and how to choose goals that will move you forward toward your life’s vision.

As always, if there are certain topics you’d love for me to cover or any way you feel that I could be of service to you, don’t hesitate to comment and let me know! I am here to help you!

Also, be on the lookout for announcements about my upcoming courses. I’ll have a couple of different things launching soon, from a 3-day Goal-Setting Bootcamp to a full course on the basics of self-publishing. Make sure you are signed up for my mailing list to get all the upcoming announcements, and as always, thank you so much for supporting me here at Heart Breathings!

The Entire Video Series

As I mentioned before, this is part 6 of my 8-Part Video series on How To Plot Your Novel. If you missed any of the previous posts, you can find them linked here below!

  1. Overview of Story Structure and Why I Plot
  2. Writing Great Characters
  3. Elements of Act One
  4. The First Half of Act Two
  5. The Second Half of Act Two
  6. Elements of Act Three
  7. Bringing It All Together
  8. What Happens If You Get Stuck?




Sarra Cannon


  1. Beth says:

    Watched your latest video yesterday. Signed up for the newsletter. I really enjoy all your insight. Thinking about you, your family and the storm. Hope all goes well for you.

  2. Elen Ghulam says:

    Thank you for the “Plot Your Novel” series. They are a valuable resource.

  3. Hannah says:

    Gurrl. Hey!
    I finally decided to write. A book.
    I’m a writer, I thought to myself. I got this. And I realized, yeah, not really. I need help! Where to start. Like, how does outline and plot a book? How many words is a book?!? I could hear my anxiety echo in a desert. YouTubed writing. Found you. <3.
    LOVE your videos!! {Watch them on TV, so I never comment. That'll change soon!}
    I love how real you are, how helpful you are, and how willing you are to share. Just wanted to say thanks!!!

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Sarra Cannon

Hi, I'm Sarra!

I have been self-publishing my books since 2010, and in that time, I've sold well over half a million copies of my books. I'm not a superstar or a huge bestseller, but I have built an amazing career that brings me great joy. Here at Heart Breathings, I hope to help you find that same level of success. Let's do this.


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