How to go about writing a novel?
The idea, the inspiration is there but gets lost mid way..suggestions to make me stay with it and how to generate new idea are requested. And what would you want a novel to be about....I can always incorporate the twists and turns.
Many days ago, I read any novel................................Now no opportunity to go through.......
Make an outline. Though I get really bored with the outline and stop writing. It is not what the audience wants to read, it is what you want to write. The author writes and finds out if the audience desires to read their work later. Write out your story. That is all that matters now.
Yeah, you will need to make an outline listing the main sequence events of the story. Each of those main events could become a chapter. After those events are defined, your next step in the outline would be to describe sub-events to each of those main event. If you plan on having branching story lines (for future stories), this is where you will want to implement it. After you have clearly defined the main sequence of events, you could probably begin writing pretty easily. You will essentially be filling in the blanks between each event. The amount of detail you include will determine the overall length of the novel.
You will probably also want to develop a lengthy and detailed biography for each character in the story. You will want to be able to maintain consistency throughout the book while also being able to clearly define the characters to the readers. The biographies won't necessarily be included in the book, they will just serve as a guide for you to adhere to as you write. You could also apply the same process to the setting or settings of the story.
This is how I would do it at least.
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p.s.: I'm a published author who struggled for years, unable to finish a novel.
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