Every day I talk to writers who don’t know how to write a novel and worry they don’t have what it takes. Honestly, they’re right to worry. Writing a novel is hard, and the desk drawers and hard drives of many a great writer is filled with the skeletons of failed books.
How to Write a Novel in 12 Steps. Nail down a winning story idea. Determine whether you’re an Outliner or a Pantser. Create an unforgettable main character. Expand your idea into a plot. Research, research, research. Choose your Voice and Point of View. Start in medias res (in the midst of things). Engage the theater of the reader’s mind.
Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. There are a thousand different methods. The best one for you is the one that works for you. In this article, I’d like to share with you what works.Much like learning to ride a bike, the best way to learn how to write a novel is by just doing it. Unlike saddling up on a Schwinn for the first time, however, writing a novel can’t be accomplished in one hot summer’s day. It requires good doses of commitment and perseverance. As Octavia Butler put it: “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it.Subscribe here! I will be following these steps through this guide to teach you how to write a fiction novel step by step: 1- Inspiration: where to get it and how to decide on your story’s theme with a method; 2- Outline: how to write a novel outline from the pre-outlining phase until you have it almost ready. 3- Detailing, deciding on the main aspects and creating amazing characters.
How to Write a Novel If you want to learn how to write a novel, you're in the right place! Just scroll down the page to find the help you're looking for. For extra novel-writing tips and ideas, be sure to join our writer's email group.Read More
Because you need to go on. and on. and on. Inspiration, by definition, is fleeting. A novel is a monster that lasts for years and eats up your life. The.Read More
Despite all these things, when I sit down to write a new piece, I find myself more apprehensive about the idea of writing a short story (not just a short story, but a good short story) than embarking on a new novel. A novel doesn't rush me. It gives me the time and room to feel out what the story is about. That's right, sometimes I can write thousands of words and not yet know what it is that.Read More
I’ve only written one novel, but I believe my experience reflects that of many others. Write. Write. Write. Then edit. Edit. Edit. Then find someone who is a good writer and plead with them to edit and criticize. In my case, I got a Professor of E.Read More
It’s damn hard to write 50,000 words on a given subject if you don’t really know what that subject is. The first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to write about. Don’t get fancy, just generalize. Maybe you want to write a novel about the discovery of a lost continent. Or one about a kid growing up in the Wild West. Or perhaps the story of a princess who has a terminal.Read More
How to Write a Romance Novel Romance novels have always captured our hearts — they contain the intrigue, intimacy, and basic human drama that all readers love. And while it was once a “shameful” genre read mostly in secret, romance today is having a huge moment, with mega-popular books like Outlander and Crazy Rich Asians even being adapted for film and TV.Read More
Novel writing software with a simple interface but powerful features. Writing a novel is hard. You switch between drafts, outlines, character profiles, and notes. You lose time, you lose flow. You need something better but don’t want to wrestle with hundreds of features. Write Genre has a clean and easy interface, yet is more powerful than a word processor. Write Genre puts all your notes.Read More
Max Barry's book Lexicon was voted fourth best science fiction novel of the year by Goodreads, and now he's put together a (mostly serious) list of steps you'll want to take to become a writer of.Read More
Ever since Edgar Allan Poe created the first detective, the detective story has been a staple of literature. Though early detective stories often featured a group of amateur crime sleuths trying to find the murderer, later detective stories introduced the hard-boiled private investigator. For anyone who wishes to.Read More
Hard Times, novel by Charles Dickens, published in serial form (as Hard Times: For These Times) in the periodical Household Words from April to August 1854 and in book form later the same year. The novel is a bitter indictment of industrialization, with its dehumanizing effects on workers and communities in mid-19th-century England.Read More