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Cecelia J. Bonwick is the pseudonym of Jane Smith

That Book… Yes, You can write it!

April 21, 2018

Who can write a novel?

 

Anyone 

who can and does read… has the ability to write

          with…

          # 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.

 

 

 

News/Personal Experience

     

 

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!

 

Write Now

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

         writing.

     d. how will you keep your writing organised? *tips at the end

 

Plan and structure your story 

  1. Extensive character planning – know each character as you know yourself

  2. red-herrings to keep the reader guessing

  3. plot with an arc for your main character/s

  4. sub-plots and climaxes 

  5. cliff-hangers

  6. 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

  7. chapter planning –  write a list of events for each chapter

  8. 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.   

Study: 

  1. grammar

  2. style manuals

  3. editing handbooks

  4. books on writing novels by authors either from your library or from Amazon

  5. well-known dictionary and thesaurus for your particular country or the language you will be writing in

Especially Study

  1. people… study their walks, voice, mannerisms, peculiarities

  2. the world around you… the most mundane happenings can be turned into mysteries of intrigue for your novel

  3. interesting and intriguing news items – there is a story there. Collect them. Get your imagination into gear.  

*Hints:

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  

            writing.

            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

           words.

 

2. Set up a writing template folder containing

         a. Word documents labeled for each chapter

         b. Excel formatted document for dates, chapters, and word 

             count.

         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.

 

Warning

     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.

 

 

 

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