Hi guys, had a few tips from my former boss who has talked to a number of publishers about his novel (which I've read and enjoyed). Thought they might help:
If your novel is about (character), make sure that the plot follows an arc of things that happen to him or that he's connected to. Easy for the reader to follow
Avoid speaking as the author. Let his words and actions and those of others reveal the plot.
Don't reveal too much too early. Let the reader gradually find things out
Don't introduce lots of characters. Keep the cast to a select few.
Only be in one character's head in any one chapter – It's wrong to show what 2 people are thinking in the same chapter.
Speaking as a not published writer, I guess I'd agree with most of that, but not all. There are some very interesting books out there that subvert such established 'rules'. Then again, trying to break new ground with a NaNo work is probably a little ambitious.
I'm sort of
breaking the last rule about chapters being told from more than one character's perspective, but the chapters have mid point breaks that clearly identify passing of time and perspective changes. So, for example:
Character A witnesses something happening to characters B & C
Character B then tells the immediate aftermath of such event, revealing their own feelings/thoughts/opinions of which Character A was entirely unaware.
I'm on the basis (read: hoping) that if I do it right it'll remain clear and not confusing...Hopefully it'll be interesting, as well, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, hey!