How To Write A Novel

Written by Christa Gatewood
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There are a lot of people who will tell you that they have the perfect formula to write a novel. However, every writer is different, so the perfect formula for one person might not work for the next person at all. Finding the perfect formula is about trial and error and finding what works for you.

Tips for Writing a Novel

There are some basic tenets of writing that most writers find useful especially when writing a novel. First of all, you have to plan the book out ahead of time. If you just sit down and write off the top of your head, the result will most likely be 200 pages of rambling. A good story has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end--not necessarily in that order. Before you start to write, you should have a good concept of each of those things.

You should also plan your characters out ahead of time. Creating a character can be the single most creative part of writing a novel. You get to invent a whole life, a personality, and a physical appearance from scratch. Write down the decisions you make about your characters so that you will remember them. If you put enough effort into creating your characters, they will come to life on the page and help you write the novel.

When you are satisfied that you have adequately prepared to write your novel, you have to get down to the business of writing. Some people say, "Writers write every day." That is a very simplistic way of looking at writing. Lawyers don't litigate everyday. Surgeons don't operate everyday. Doing anything every day can burn you out. It is important, however, to set goals for your writing and to meet them. Meeting your own goals is challenging because you don't have a boss to report to, but remember that if you don't meet your own goals, you are going to disappoint the most important person--yourself.


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