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Organize & Plan Your Book Using Index Cards

Organize & Plan Your Book Using Index Cards

I was so excited to see that there was so much interest in me showing a more detailed view of my process of using index cards throughout my plotting and writing. As we continue to plan and prep for National Novel Writing Month coming up in November (nanowrimo.org), I am hopeful that these behind-the-scenes Preptober […]

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How I Plan And Outline My Novels

How I Plan And Outline My Novels

Whenever it’s time to start a new book, I have a process I’ve learned to follow that helps me outline my novel. I thought I’d share that process with you today. Especially since we’re currently on the eve of NaNoWriMo and deep into Preptober. You can watch the video here on YouTube or below. I […]

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

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

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, […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Seven: Bringing It All Together

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Seven: Bringing It All Together

Now that you have the basic outline of your novel, it’s time to bring it all together. That means planning out your scenes and turning your plot framework into a cohesive story that will flow and captivate readers. I hope you’ve been enjoying this series on how to plot a novel. There’s just one video […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Six: Elements of Act Three

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Six: Elements of Act Three

My “How To Plot Your Novel” video series continues today with the Elements of Act Three. In my last video, we discussed the secon half of the Second Act, leading up to the second doorway of no return. Today, we are going to talk about what happens in the final act of your story. How […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Five: The Second Half of Act Two

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Five: The Second Half of Act Two

It’s part 5 of our “How To Plot Your Novel” video series, and I’m excited to talk about the second half of Act Two. Last week, we discussed the first half of the Second Act, leading up to the Midpoint or “Mirror Moment” of your novel. Today, we are going to talk about what happens […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Four: The First Half of Act Two

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Four: The First Half of Act Two

Welcome back to my “How To Plot Your Novel” video series. Today, we are covering the elements of the first half of Act Two. Since the second act makes up the majority of your novel, most books and guides split it into two parts–before the Midpoint and after the Midpoint. Today, I’ll be taking you […]

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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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