Any one got any tips for when your writing your first novel?

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  1. lou2212 profile image64
    lou2212posted 6 years ago

    Any one got any tips for when your writing your first novel?

  2. nochance profile image91
    nochanceposted 6 years ago

    Just start writing. Don't worry about style or formatting because that's all going to change down the road anyway. Nothing is perfect on the first draft. Just put anything in. It's easier to cut later than to add later. Let your characters take you somewhere. Let them tell the story. Let them surprise you. Because if you are surprised while writing your readers will be surprised while reading.

    If you're looking for more concrete advice you should check out this hub I wrote a while back as an answer for somebody else who wanted to know how to start writing a novel. … your-novel

    Good luck and just keep writing, don't stop.

    1. amandad234 profile image62
      amandad234posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with the above comment! Just keep writing and don't stop. Sometimes you might find that it makes no sense and it sounds stupid (to you), but don't give up! Writing is a process. A tough one, but if you love it you'll push through.

  3. IDONO profile image80
    IDONOposted 6 years ago

    I have no professional basis for this answer, but I always thought if I wrote a novel, that I would write it backwards. I would be afraid to write it normally because I would probably have a lousy ending like Stephen King.

  4. M. T. Dremer profile image91
    M. T. Dremerposted 6 years ago

    Don't be afraid to write crap, and don't be afraid to skip around. The first draft is all about chasing your interest. If there is a scene in the book that you're looking forward to writing, but it is taking too long to get there, just jump ahead. The last thing you want to do is kill momentum, so skip, hop, and misspell your way to the finish line. You can't edit something if it isn't there. And, as Stephen King says in his book 'On Writing', which I highly recommend, make sure you write the first draft with the door closed. Don't let anyone else in on your ideas and drafts. Outside input is just going to make you second guess yourself. Write the story only for yourself first, and only during the revision process should you let others in.

  5. Deborah Minter profile image94
    Deborah Minterposted 19 months ago

    Don't wait till you have time, make time! Adopt a "nothing is going to stop me" attitude.


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