Any advice for future novelist?
I want to become a novelist for my career choice. I have lots of ideas but not sure exactly how to get them out for a good story. Any advice?
This is kind of like a starving artist like me................Career choice? Keep your day job unless your loaded!
Have you herd of writing.com? This is a great place to publish your work and get great critique of your writing.
I have had very positive experiences with collaboration, where I have helped writers build their first major story over some months - like a novella or even a short novel.
As the first step, most writers can benefit from writing a few short stories. This will give you the chance to try different writing styles, and to learn how to structure a story with characters, storyline, plot and so forth.
I am not a novelist, but I have read a lot of them. So I will give you a reader's perspective. You have probably done this already, but first read a few dozen novels from various eras. Read the classics of course, but focus on the period from the late 1800s up through the 1960s in particular. Once you find your voice, find a subject that you know something about. If you work in a casino, write about a Blackjack dealer and the inner sanctum of the casino. If you don't have much life experience, then write a science fiction novel.
As a fellow aspiring novelist, I can offer a few points of advice. The over idea you should remember, though, is that you should ALWAYS BE WRITING. If you aren't writing regularly, don't expect your career plans to move forward.
Other things to follow?
1. The best way to get your ideas out is to just start writing and see what you get. Pick a point in the story and start writing it. Many writers (like myself) are discovery writers, meaning they find they're story as they write it.
2. Don't worry about what you write being terrible. First, this can stifle your creativity, as you worry more about quality than actually generating content. Second, most of what you write in your first draft will be bad anyways. Drafting is half the work of novel writing.
3. Let someone read what you're writing. This will help give you a sense of responsibility to keep the story going, and will allow you to get some feedback on your prose.
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