How to Write a Novel: Part 1


If you have already labored through this process, you don’t need me to tell you what to do and I have no intention of raining on your parade. My way of doing things is merely a drop in the bucket when coinsidering the big picture. Writing a novel takes a piece of your soul. Then when you are done, you get to share that piece with the world.

I hear it all the time: “I want to write a book.” “I dream about writing a novel.” “I want to get published.” It’s something deep down inside of us all.

So what I am sharing today is my process. My way of doing things. Maybe some of you will take the time to share your thoughts on the matter as well.

Getting started: Okay, I’m already in trouble because I have read so many different ways to start that no matter what I say…it’s going to be wrong. Some people say that the only way to write a novel is to create an outline so that as you go through the process, you always have something to fall back on when the story starts to go astray. Others don’t want to be bothered with or restrained by an outline. In their opinion, an outline stagnates the creative process. Personally, I can see the value of both.

To some people, having a clear direction gives them the courage to move forward. Without an outline, things get too cluttered in their brain and they get bogged down. I can understand that. People that are confused and distraught seldom get anything accomplished.

On the other hand, having direction in the form of an outline stymes me. I like having my characters take me on the journey of their lives and figuring out the problems they face. To me, a character is just as real as (maybe even more so) than many of the people I meet in real life or on the internet. It gives me the opportunity to take myself away from one reality and place myself squarely in the middle of another. I personally like that, but either way is perfectly acceptable.

Here’s the key: It doesn’t matter which way you choose to write. What matters is that you take the time TODAY to sit down at your computer and write something about those characters and place them squarely in harms way. Once you do that, you’ll have to find a solution to their problems.

Don’t think about writing a novel. I don’t know of anyone truly capable of doing that. What you can do is write a few lines–a few paragraphs–a page or two. If you do that, you’ll be on your way.

I was once told that, “To sell more books…you need to write more books.” These are good words to live by. You should also know that as an author, I am trying to get people to read my books, so please forgive the less than veiled attempt of my marketing technique. To check out my books, please consider going here for a view or look at the side of each page.


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