A Few Tips For Writing a Novel

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Writing is a work of art.  Each book, article, poem, and piece is unique to the writer.  Sometimes the concepts are wholly new while at other times there is the simplest twist that will make the story that wonderful idea that will inspire hundreds or maybe thousands.  Sometimes your story will only touch one or two people closest to you and that is all that you want.  Whether you are looking to be published or simply to share your stories with those closest to you, you can write a story and you can finish it.

One of the key things to remember when writing is that you can’t write a story quickly.  Sure you can finish a first draft sometimes within days or even hours, but when it comes down to it, it will still still be rought draft.  You will have to put it to the side and then come back to it days or maybe even years later before you start to edit it two, three, or more times.  It won’t be easy and it won’t be something that you are going to get done with quickly but it is also something that you can take pride in.  Not everyone is going to say in their life that they were able to write a novel and so taking the time to step back and actually write one and finish it no matter the time it takes is something that you can take a great amount of pride in.

Your novel doesn’t need a title.  Despite what a lot of people will tell you, you don’t need a title to write a novel.  Titles can be the last thing that you come up with or the first thing.  Sometimes the title will change and sometimes it will be the one constant as the plot twists and changes around you.  It won’t be the same for everyone.  But that’s the beautiful thing about writing.  Not everyone is going to have the same techniques, the same tricks, the same procedures.  Some people will go and outline their story to the last detail before writing it up and adding in the details.  Other writers such as myself will start with a more vague idea or have a plot idea in mind and watch as it changes in the middle of the story and turns into something that you had never thought would be possible.

Something else is that you should never limit yourself.  While I would not advise you to try and sell a fanfiction work to a publisher or an agent, I am saying that you should not simply go with the flow of what people seem to be reading.  Trends change.  Sometimes people like to read about angels while other times they like to read about vampires.  Sometimes people want to find something new entirely.  If authors never tried anything new we would not have such classics as Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia or even Pride and Prejudice.

Sometimes it will feel impossible.  You will think that you should just give up or that your work isn’t good enough.  But something I have learned is that if you want to be a writer you can be.  And by telling yourself and others that you are not a writer, you are doing yourself a disservice.  By saying “I’m not a real writer” you are giving up before you’ve even gotten started.  It will be hard to have faith in yourself but it is something that will help to make everything worth it.

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