For the younger writer
30 Novel Writing Tips.
If you are about to write a novel for the first time, we have some novel writing tips which may help you on your way. We have been helping first time novelists for many years and these tips are compiled from their feedback.
There is no definite way to write a novel and different people have different ways of doing it. However, we hope you find these tips useful and wish you every success with your writing.
Do it your way
1) You're the boss!
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Always be aware of the differences between the book your reading and what you're writing so you don't subconsciously start mixing the two up and start using the ideas of someone else!
7) Make it believable and accurate
There's no better way to turn off your readers than making a statement of fact - they know is wrong! It's also a good idea to only include things that could actually happen, even if it's a fantasy novel. You don't want them to say, that's just silly!
8) Loosely identify the type of your novel
Is it a thriller, a crime novel, a romance... There's lot's of different genres and yours may be a single one or a mixture. Once you have a rough idea, it can help to look at critical reviews of other books in this area. It helps build up in your mind the negative pitfalls to avoid and the positives to include.
9) Outline your plot
It's unusual for the starting plot to be exactly the same as the plot when you finish. A good way is to have a basic, flexible, outline you can then embellish with sub-plots and twists as you're writing. Try to leave your options open as you progress and do not to corner yourself. Remember the importance of continuity and avoid threads that conflict with each other.
10) Outline your characters
Someone once said 'A novel is like a good meal where the characters are the ingredients and the plot is the way it's cooked and served'. Ask any chef how important the ingredients are! Don't skimp on building up the details and idiosyncrasies of your characters. Putting together a starting set of interesting characters can often fast-track you on your way.
11) Get a loose story plan together
It can often help to put together a loose outline plan of how your characters and plot interact before you start writing which you can then follow. Established authors can often do this automatically in their minds, but if you're just starting out, it can be a worthwhile exercise.
12) Research with the web
The Internet is a wonderful aid to a novelist. If you spend time browsing around the subject of your novel before you start, it can really help. It's also invaluable while you are writing. It's worth remembering that most information on the Internet is an opinion so, if you're going to use it in your novel, make sure it's accurate by checking it out on more than web site.
Establish a routine
13) Why a routine can help
To maximize your chances of completing your first novel, it's a good idea to give some thought to how best apply yourself. It may help to plan your routine first and try to stick to it. In the early days it can really help you focus. Writing 'if and when' is not ideal in keeping up the momentum.
14) Where and when
Decide where you are going to write it and try to put some time aside, either each day or weekly, to dedicate yourself to it. Tell your nearest and dearest of your novel writing time and ask for them to understand you'll be busy then.
15) Decide on the...