How to Write a Novel: Part 6

       Your novel is taking shape. I like that. So where do you stand now? What’s going through your head? Are you really doing this? Are you an author yet?

To answer that, ask yourself one question: When you wake up in the morning, when you are driving your car, what are you thinking about? If the answer is the book you are working on, then the answer is, yes. You are an author[. At this point; you may not be a published author, but you are an author.

If you want to become published, then here are a few tips to consider doing while you are writing your masterpiece:

1) Make a list of each character that enters your book with descriptive detail.  There are a couple of reasons for this. Depending on the number of characters in the work, over time, some of them will get blurred with other ones. The book needs to maintain continuity throughout and the marathon called “writing a novel” will, in time, create opportunities to get one person mixed up with another. Also if the work should be the beginning of a series, there will be the need to maintain the same information from one book to the next. Having this list will save you hours of time going back to find what you wrote before.

2) With every chapter, write a short paragraph (one or two sentences) about that chapter. Set it aside for future referrence. The reason here is that should you choose to get your novel published, you will need to write a synopsis of one or two pages about the book in its entirety. This will save you a lot of time down the road when you must go through this process.

3) Set a schedule. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it merits repeating. This is a long process. If you are like most of us, you have a REAL life and it will tug and pull you in every direction it can, not related to your writing. Talk to the people who want to interrupt and explain, in advance, that your writing time is personal time and not to be interrupted. They will understand. They will even encourage.

4) Make a commitment to yourself. The person most likely to interfere with your plans is you. That time you set aside for writing is a “no kill zone.” You cannot, under any circumstances buy any excuse for doing something other than writing. It can be “a dream come true” if you will believe in yourself and never quit the dream or buy into anything that will take you off track.

One last thing: If you have come this far…I know there is something inside you that needs to be told. Do not ever cheat yourself or the world of that great thing you hold inside. I believe in you. Believe in yourself. You are on your way, my friend. I look forward to the day when I can see what you already know is worth the time.


I’ve made these commitments for something I believe in. See the results and check out, Castle Grey – A Katt and Mouse Mystery. Click here (Kindle) and here (Paperback). You’ll be glad you did.

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