Hi Emily, I'm writing a series of hubs on this question, which in accordance with hubpages rules I won't link to this answer but you can find by clicking on my avatar. This is a question not easily answered in one sentence or one paragraph, but you may find some of the info you need in these articles. There are some other great hubs available on this subject so why not do a search and look at all the hubs that come up. I might also suggest you look at a group like Writers University on-line -- a great community with lots of courses and a mentoring program. Or maybe you'd like to work with a writing coach, and I can help put you in touch with a few individuals who may help. I hope all this is of some help. Like I said, it's one of those questions with an answer that would take up a book on it's own.
I have some tips on this page: http://hubpages.com/hub/Feature-Frenzy hope this helps!
If you want advice, there's loads on Hubpages- I'm doing a series of hubs on this myself to pass on my learning experiences.
But if you want the short answer?
-Have a character to whom things happen. This is a story.
-Start writing about them. Once you have the general idea and you beginning churning out the words, you'll have more ideas.
-Finish what you started. Then edit.
You will learn more writing a hundred thousand words than you will reading a hundred thousand books on writing.
I often start with a concept for the ending and work backward.
I visualize characters in my mind, often based on people I know or have seen, so that I can be consistent in my descriptions of their physical attributes and personalities.
I fact check. If I mention actual locations, I have either been there or have researched the place extensively, including printing out pictures that I keep in front of me when describing locations to make them authentic.
I read and re-read my work to death, and I am a stickler for spelling, grammar and punctuation, so I not only edit myself, but I use tools such as spell checker.
I ask trusted, well-read others to preview my novel and offer feedback. Were the characters well-developed and interesting? Did the plot make sense? Did I overlook any grammatical or spelling errors? Did you like the ending? Etc. Etc. If I need to, I build from there.
Once I have a printed version, I edit it again. It's amazing how many times you can edit something on your PC and it still looks completely different in print.
Read this article, "How to write a good novel". Hopefully it will answer your question.
All the best,
my latest hub has some tips !
http://hubpages.com/hub/Tips-for-Writin … irst-Novel
I believe everyone does it differently, but myself I take one of two approaches. I either have a spontaneous idea in which the plot and/or one or more of the characters simply appear in my head and I then work from there developing the plot lines etc, or I start with a concept: corruption in the benefits system, for instance and then spend a while developing characters and plots around it.
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