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Tips for fhe First Time Novel Writer
Do You Have the "Write" Stuff?
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So, you want to write a novel but....you are wondering where to start or maybe even what to write about? And, although they say that we all have at least one novel in us just bursting at the seams to get out, sometimes the hardest part is just sitting down and beginning. With that said, maybe it's time to, like NIKE says, JUST DO IT!
Seriously though, what is holding you back? Perhaps the fact that you are not the best speller and that your grammar is less than spectacular is what's keeping you from starting that next great American novel. Or, you just can't seem to carve anymore time out of your busy and hectic life. All I can say is.....if you are passionate enough and have a story that you just must get out, you will find the time. My mother use to say, "if you want it bad enough, you can do anything"!
Did you know that John Steinbeck's first two novels were less than great and poorly received? This means that it takes courage and tenacity to put yourself out there. Thank God for all of us that he didn't give up or we wouldn't have the treasured classic "Of Mice and Men" , which is not only required reading in most schools but also was made into a blockbuster movie!
So, now, down to the basics. If you do have an extremely hectic schedule, all you need to do is to set aside a small amount of time every day, for yourself, with no noise and no interruptions, to write. If an hour is all that you have, so be it. However, you must be habitual about it so try to schedule your writing at the same time each day. Get your office or quiet place set up in advance with all of the materials you will need. Then, get to work!
Forget the worry over spelling and grammar. Today's internet world provides us with all of the tools we need right at our fingertips such as Ask.com and Wikipedia.com for all of your research needs. You can turn to Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com for assistance with spelling and grammar.
Sometimes inspiration hits when you are not in front of your computer, so be sure to keep a notepad and pen with you at all times and "jot" down anything that comes to mind that you may want to remember later. It may also be wise to purchase a small voice recorder for when you are driving.
The next step is to study your craft. You may be a fine story teller but you are not sure about how to develop your characters so that they come to life and leap off the page. The same goes for story development, plot and pace. There are online classes such as The Gotham Writers Workshop available with master writers and story tellers, that you can attend online! Some recommended reading for writing non-fiction can be found at Amazon-entitled-Writing-Non-Fiction-Turning-Words-Thoughts . Even though you may have begun the writing process, you will find that you will become a "professional" student of the "craft of writing" as you continue to hone and refine your writing skills.
It is important to enlist a friend, co-worker or family member to be your "reader". After writing several chapters, you may want to "step back" and have your "reader" give you unbiased feedback you can take back to the writing table and consider as you make your draft changes. Consider your "reader" a "blessing" rather than a "curse" as they can be a great resource to the writer who oftentimes gets "too close" to the material and needs a fresh set of eyes.
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Bonnie Howell is currently penning her E-book while writing for others at www.yourarticlewriter.com. She has written two screenplays, published many, many articles on E-Zine Articles.com and Hubpages. Not only is she passionate about writing she is also passionate about animals as you can see from her many animal hubs. She does rescue work in conjunction with The Phoenix Humane Society and works tirelessly towards closing down Puppy Mills and eliminating Petstores forever that sell puppies purchased from Puppy mills. Please see: http://www.prisonersofgreed.com.
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