Who can write a novel?
who can and does read… has the ability to write
# endless motivation
# a well thought out and executed plan
This does not mean writing is easy. It requires persistence… hound dog persistence… Writing, though, is rewarding and addictive.
My youngest son and his fiancé were married recently on the beach at Bribie Island. A beautiful small intimate wedding gathering of immediate family and friends.
With the rain depression along our coast, we were not sure what the day would bring. But the wind dropped… the sun shone… and the blue sky presented itself as a beautiful back drop to the ceremony.
The ceremony was followed by a delicious and enjoyable wedding breakfast.
My youngest daughter did the majority of the photography. Thankfully, she wears many hats and can turn her hand to most anything.
Writing That Novel
Many people desire to write that novel… be a second Stephen King… wouldn’t we all? So how can you write your novel? Sorry, can’t promise you will make the Stephen King circle but let’s get you started!
Reading is the breath of air needed to understand... to write...
What is your favourite genre? Most writers enjoy writing in the genre they enjoy reading… some authors write in more than one genre.
You need to decide which genre your novel will be in. Then...
Make your plan…
a. how many words will you write daily?
b. when will you write them? Set a FIXED time and place. Keep
to it. It might be the 40 minutes you travel on the train to work
c. how will you write your story? By hand or on a computer or
on a hand-held device? Some even use ‘voice to text’ for
d. how will you keep your writing organised? *tips at the end
Plan and structure your story
Extensive character planning – know each character as you know yourself
red-herrings to keep the reader guessing
plot with an arc for your main character/s
sub-plots and climaxes
how many chapters will you write? A novel is usually 60,000 to 90,000 words… if you do 20 chapters multiplied by 3,000 plus words… you will complete your 60,000 words
chapter planning – write a list of events for each chapter
what research do you need for your novel? Time period? Specific Country statistics?Start writing now. Set some time aside to improve your art of writing.
books on writing novels by authors either from your library or from Amazon
well-known dictionary and thesaurus for your particular country or the language you will be writing in
people… study their walks, voice, mannerisms, peculiarities
the world around you… the most mundane happenings can be turned into mysteries of intrigue for your novel
interesting and intriguing news items – there is a story there. Collect them. Get your imagination into gear.
1. Microsoft Office or an alternative is a great tool for writers.
a. ‘Word’ is a writing tool with spellcheck and add-ons great for
writers. It also has a word count.
b. ‘One-Note’ is a handy program/app for storing all parts of your story. Label the tabs for each section and part of your story
for effective organisation. It will also sync between your
device and your computer.
c. ‘Excel’ is a great tool for keeping yourself on track with your
Excel can be sectioned into chapters, daily word
requirements, actual words written plus a short summary of
each chapter. The numbers/word count columns can also be
formatted so the column continues to add your word counts
giving you a total of all the words written so you can see the
word count growing nicely towards your goal of 60,000 plus
2. Set up a writing template folder containing
a. Word documents labeled for each chapter
b. Excel formatted document for dates, chapters, and word
c. One-Note with all your labelled headings.
d. lists of spelling words you have difficulties with
e. Lists of your characters names and places in your novel
f. Lists of interesting names you hear, see on street signs, on
the net… store for later use.
COPY this folder RENAMING the new folder with the name of your present novel. The original template folder will save time for writing your next books.
Writing is addictive. It also involves your emotions on a very high level. Your characters become part of you. Each painful episode they experience, you will also experience… When you kill off a character… good or bad… it will hurt.
Also, sometimes the characters are unhappy with the journey you are taking them on… then your well-planned and structured story could totally change as the characters lead the way…
No matter how you feel your characters are not you, you will find a little bit of yourself in each character… the journeys of joy and pain you have experienced in life will become part of the written page… mixed with the fiction you intertwine it with.
I hope you find the great joy in writing that I have.