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Plotting Your Novel-Do You or Don't You?

As every book is different, every author's approach varies. I thought that I'd provide a brief picture of my method for a new novel. Now I don't always plot out every detail. It depends upon the book I'm writing. However, for my space thriller Assurity there are more than a few storylines to follow; a journey into deep space; disaster on Earth; and an antediluvian background. Obviously, a character-driven drama involves more storylines, especially if it is going to continue a character's backstory and not kill him or her off. The first image shows my very rough (throw your ideas on the wall) approach to Book Two of Assurity: Day of Restitution. There is more here than one might imagine. I've had time to sort out most of the thematic material and which characters I will hone in on. Just as important is looking past Book Two to Book Three. Where is the story going? Book Two should bring you to an exciting climax so that you're overlooking the precipice, and hopefully, it will leave the reader thirsty for Book Three. As far as the diagrams are concerned, they go from basic to detailed. 
    To be clear, not everyone likes to plot their stories. I do. Although, I am writing a story now that I'm simply writing as the book unfolds in my mind. Trying something different. Still, it's a simple story with very little factual material. I hope that you enjoy this little insight into what it takes for me to produce a novel, which I hope is worthy of readership.


Anthony Barbera

Throw it on the wall with abandon. Don't worry if you're the only one who can read it. Let your mind begin to connect the dots.

This is a very detailed outline for an as-of-yet-published historical fiction novel named An American Psalm. Being a historical journey, you will notice great detail in the notes making sure that the novel is as accurate as possible.

Why Would I Write a Sci-fi Novel with Aliens In It?

"Christian Fiction is any novel that states and illustrates a Christian world view in its plot, its characters, or both."

The fact is, many of us love science fiction and fantasy. However, you might ask, why would I (a Christian) write a sci-fi space novel containing aliens? Nobody has asked me that question yet, but if they've read or heard about Assurity, I'm sure someone might be thinking about it. That's an honest question.

Without giving away spoiler info, let me say this: I don't believe in Aliens—as in beings from outer space. Alien or aliens can mean many different things. Still, I do think this: lots of strange, fascinating, and otherworldly events were going on here on Earth both before the great flood God brought upon the world and even after the flood. There is a fantastical reality beyond science fiction in the biblical records. You just have to dig in and appreciate what it says. Think back on the Tower of Babel . . .Towers make me think of R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring) and C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia). As a matter of fact, C.S. Lewis wrote several sci-fi space novels. So back to the aliens. Here is a clue if you want to do a little research. The Bible chronicles giants on the Earth.

"There were giants on the Earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown."(Gen 6:4)

Where did these giants come from? Space? Or another realm of existence? Heaven? These were not nice giants that ravaged the Earth. They caused havoc and almost destroyed the human race. In the N.T.,(Christians) are included in the family of God and referred to as the Sons of God. In the O.T., the Sons of God are not the same type of beings as we are. They are not human. They were created—we are born. Then we are born-again if we decide to accept Christ. Whereby we are transformed into a new being infused with the spirit of God. Christ came to redeem mankind in this age and has made it available for all humanity to join his family, to be born-again Sons of God.

To add to this, the O.T. Hebrews never believed in the very modern idea that Giants were brought into existence by the co-habitation of "daughters of men" and members of Seth's family line.They believed that the biblical record (when properly understood) revealed that the Giants born to human women came by way of an incursion of angels (fallen angels) that left their approved and proper dominion—heaven. They rebelled against God and then perpetrated the following horrendous unlawful acts.

"The sons of God saw the beautiful women and took any they wanted as their wives." (Gen 6:2)

"And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day." (Jude 1:6)

Remember the angels who did not stay within the limits of their proper authority but abandoned their own dwelling place: they are bound with eternal chains in the darkness where God is keeping them for that great Day of judgment.(2 Peter 2:4) 


Anthony Barbera