Happy New Year! Have you decided on what your New Years resolution will be? Maybe you have resolved to sit down and finally write that novel you have been talking about for years. You know what I am talking about. You have had this really great idea for a story and you have mulled that plot over and over in your head for so long now that you are starting to wonder if it will really manifest itself into a book. It will not, unless you sit down and write it. Maybe its time you stop making excuses and get to writing.
Writing a novel is no small feat, but it is an accomplishment to last a lifetime. There are some fantastic authors in the world who are so talented that the ink just flows out of their pores and onto the pages without them even having to think about it. For instance Prentiss Ingraham, (1843-1904) wrote American dime novels about Buffalo Bill and pirates. He professed to write 35,000 words in one night. He wrote at least 600 books in his writing career between 1870 and 1903. However there are those who, though enjoy being an author, find the actual act of sitting down and writing the novel tedious.
Getting started you first should draft yourself an outline of your story. This does not have to be very detailed, just a guideline of who, what, where, and when. Once that is done, it is time to do some research on your subject. Get it all pulled together and organized. You may have to do further research as the story progresses but it is helpful to have the bulk of your research done and at the ready.
Next you will need to organize your time. If you are retired, or the luck of having some free time on your hands then great. You are one up on a lot of writers who struggle desperately to find the time to write in their busy lives. If you are like most struggling authors and have a full time job and a family, then you need to set a schedule for yourself. Find the time, make the time. If you are serious then you won’t mind losing a few hours of sleep to write a couple hours after the kids have gone to bed.
As for how to write a novel, there are too many ways and everyone has there own way that works for them. Some prefer to follow the guideline, strictly writing chapter by chapter. Other writers can sit down and write by the seat of their pants and whip out a story like nothing. Some authors, quirky as it sounds, write their story in scenes and then go back and fit the scenes in as they see them happening in the story. The best thing to do is not to think too hard and just write the story down the first time through. You can go back later and edit it.
Another tip is to get involved with a local writing group. These people can help you when you need ideas, motivation, or have writers’ block. They are also very good at critiquing kindly. Another helpful idea is to subscribe to writers' magazines such asWriter's Digest which offers great articles on writing and publishing.
Below are a few books you might consider reading before you get started. Some profess that you can write a book in a month. This may or may not include the rewrites, and the rewrites, and the rewrites.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, By; Stephen King
Book In A Month, By: Victoria Lynn Schmidt:
You Can Write a Novel Kit, By: James V. Smith
101 Habits Of Highly Successful, By: Andrew McAleer
Digital Download: First Draft in 30 Days, By: Karen Wiesner Format: Download: PDF
So if you are serious about writing, then you need to put your mind to it. Set yourself goals and deadlines. Whatever you do, don’t start and give up. See it through to the need no matter how long it takes or how hard it seems. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.