Writing a novel can be both a scary and exhilarating thing at the exact same time. When you first start off you may have so many questions swirling around in your head. You have this idea, but you are just not sure what to do with it or if you are doing it "right."
Well, I first want to point out, that is completely NORMAL. So, don't stress yourself out! Writing a novel isn't easy. It is an investment that takes time, discipline, brain spazzes, and the most joyous moments of your life. Writing a novel is both fun and rewarding. It is a journey-- one we want to help you on.
That's where A Guide to Writing Your Novel comes in. In A Guide to Writing Your Novel, we take you step-by-step through the novel writing process. We will cover the pre-writing and planning stages, the actual execution of your ideas into chapters, and the decisions that need to be made when it comes to publishing.
We created A Guide to Writing Your Novel because we know what it is like to just have so many ideas and just as many questions. This book is a way for us to make the writing journey smoother for others. Each chapter has a personal reflection before diving into the lesson.
When it comes to creating and publishing a novel there is a 4 step process you need to take.
This is where you organize all of those swirling ideas in your head. The best way to do this is by outlining. There are many different techniques when it comes to outlining. You can find which one that works best for you by reading our post on the 5 Different Ways to Outline a Novel. After you have an outline in place, you can start the writing process.
This is the fun part, but also the part where discipline comes in place. When you get into your writing, you will notice the world start to just melt away like when you get into a good book. The best part is, though, that when you are writing you are in charge of how the story goes. Treat your first draft as just that-- a first draft. Your only job right now is to get words on paper. The only difficulty you may find is finding the time to write. You can find out how to do that in our post How to Make Time for Writing, but the most important thing for you to do is to set a time each day and stick to it. It doesn't matter how long this time is, just that you are writing every single day or at least every single week.
I personally hate this part. Some writers love it, but for me, editing is so boring. This is the part where you want to completely strip your novel. You will roughly go through it 3 or 4 times before it is completely polished. In A Guide to Writing Your Novel, we go into the importance of getting others to look at your work, grammar, and a number of words your story should be. Editing is a very important to step to your novel.
For some writers, publishing is the end goal. For other writers, they just want to get their work on paper. This is a decision that is completely up to you. There are two pathways you can take when it comes to publishing. You can self-publish or you can go through traditional publishing. In A Guide to Writing Your Novel, we cover the different kinds of publishing and what that entails. If you go through self-publishing, you are going to want to create a writing platform. If you go through traditional publishing, you really want to consider finding a literary agent to represent you.