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Writing a Novel

Updated on August 18, 2014


5 Steps to Writing Your First Novel

Let me just say that yes anyone can write a "novel" and they may do it in 5 "easy" steps, but the truth is it will most likely never sell. Writing a novel is not easy and never will be. Writing is work; it requires blood, sweat, and tears, so to speak. Anyone who is not willing to put in time and I mean lots of time is not actually a writer.

In order to be a writer, you must be willing to sacrifice for your chosen profession. I do not wish to discourage anyone, but if you are looking for a quick reward for your work you have chosen the wrong profession. It is essential that you love what you do! It is that easy and that complicated at the same time. Still that does not mean that you will be a famous writer some day. I recommend that you take writing classes at the local college, and always work hard to improve.

Challenge yourself daily and never stop learning about your chosen profession. I encourage you not to give up and be passionate about your work. Passion is what drives the world, use it to your advantage.

There are no easy answers or quick ways to write your first, or any novel for that matter. I know this from experience. I have read many books on this topic, and I have concluded that too much information is overwhelming, confusing and just downright hindering to the writing process. These are the 5 tips that I have found to be the most helpful to me.

1. Have an idea. What is your novel about?

2. Have a compelling opening line this line should grab your reader and pull them in.

3. Successful ending. The ending is just as powerful as the beginning.

4. You must have a middle that intrigues the reader, keeps them guessing, invested and builds tension.

5. Choose the best viewpoint for telling your story.

I understand that this has all been said before but in order to write a successful novel you must have these things. That being said they will not the only things that you need you will need persistence and determination to sit on your butt and write. All of the things that I have listed above are excellent, but if you don't sit down and write they are just a thought, an idea that will never make it to the written page.

Many times writers have the perfect ending but have no idea how they got there. This is when you work backwards from the ending to the beginning. This may sound crazy, but it actually works for some.

Outlines are a must for any writing, especially a novel. It is vital to know where you are going. I would never start out on a road trip without a map, and that is what an outline is a map for your story. Having said that it is necessary to realize that you do not have to stick to the outline, feel free to change things as you go along.

I can't tell you how crucial it is to revise, revise, and revise. I found this out the hard way in the beginning. I just was so excited to share my work that I could not wait to publish it before I revised it. What a mistake that was for me. Do not be discouraged if the 6th or 7th revision looks nothing like the first draft. What? Did I say 6 or 7th revision? Yes, I did, revision is the most vital part of writing, other than getting it on paper in the first place.

Be creative! When I first started writing I was not sure how to do that. So I started a writer's journal. Here, I keep ideas that pop into my head. Ideas for stories, articles and so forth take the time to free write in your journal. Let your mind wander, just relax and write down everything that comes into your mind. Many times the subconscious will bring out stimulating ideas that will become a top story. Free writings are the key to opening up your creative side, so don't hold back let the imagination fly.

If writing is valuable to you, don't give up on it or yourself. Try to learn something new every day and just keep writing!

Happy Writing!

Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

Writing Your First Novel

© 2012 Shelly Wyatt


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      Etta 3 years ago

      At last! Something clear I can unnatsredd. Thanks!

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      Frankie thanks for reading! I hope I helped in some way.

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      Frankie 3 years ago

      Thanks for being on point and on tatgre!

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      Celina thanks for stopping by and checking out my article.

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      Celina 3 years ago

      That's an inengious way of thinking about it.