How to get Started Writing a novelBeginning to write a novel
Would you like to compose a novel? Here's how to start
You want to start a novel.... but how do you even start? I' m not considering here how to make a great opening (if that's what you want, see this great piece from The World Practice). First Steps " addresses basic issues such as: Where does one get a new kind of concept - one that one wants to work on for month, maybe even years?
So how does this concept become a real narrative - with backdrop, storyline and character? What gives you the guts (and the time!) to write and write? It is my guess that if you talked to a whole host of different writers, you would find that their books have a whole range of very different origins.
2: As a brief history. This was how the second novel I tried began (and the brief as I remember began with a picture). Then I realized that there was a whole bunch of background stories I wanted to do. When I was 14, my very first novel began in reply to a contest post..... and went on.
When you' re quite new to creatively typing, try to spend a few days toying with prompt and trying out some free rewriting - you might find that a certain ideas holds. Lycopolis began with a clear concept: Many things were changing from the initial design to the second one, but this is still the key theme of the novel.
This could lead to a novel. One cannot enforce an ingenuity. When you don't have the feeling that a particular concept is on the phone, you can opt for shorts, poetry or other acronyms. As an alternative, try to take some free extra patience to (hopefully) get inspired: maybe go away for a week-end or find a peaceful corner in your home where you can roll up with a notepad and a cup of coffee and play for a few long hours with some young thoughts waiting in your mind.
I wrote a series of very unimportant episodes - they were only contest contributions tailored to a specific topic. This can be good practise..... but with a novel you need an ideas that interests you so much that you can decide on it for a longer while.
Really, if you (like most authors) have a daily work, children and/or other obligations, look at yourself to spend a good two years of your lifetime with this one novel. So how do you know in advance if this is the novel for you? So you have a first concept - now is the right moment to turn it into an embryo tale by creating a character and a general concept of what will be.
It' a pens that's good for letters. There is a clear distinction for me between the way I think when I type and the way I think when I type - and I guess you will find the same. A further piece of hard copy can be a good point of departure for the happenings of your history.
There is definitely no "right" way: Some writers like to plot a lot of detail before writing a few words, others have the boldest notion of where they're going, and a few personalities to take pleasure in the game. I' m only worried about the texture after the first sketch of a novel.
Texture is at least partly instinctual - we have all seen (or read!) many tales, and you may find that a good texture comes into existence of course when you are writing and rewriting. K.M. Weiland's text entitled Structucturing Your Novel is the perfect choice if you want to have a more clear layout right from the beginning or if you have a first design that needs to be brought into being.
I like Nigel Watts' Eight-Point-Bow for a base release of the new layout - a piece I have written about it can be found here on Daily Scripting Tips (so long ago that scouts with big eagles' eyes will find that I was still typing under my girl name). After all, novelism is an untidy affair - one that is at least partly managed on a sub-conscious scale.
You' ll probably find that in uneven situations you get stucky issues resolve themselves after months of wanting to hit your skull on your desktop, and your first design ends with prudishly poor sections of the letter alongside thrilling sequences that really come to life. There is definitely no such thing as a good start: what counts is that when you have an enthusiastic thought, you start.
You can move towards a completed novel from there. Matter of fact, if you want a little bit of help with that, just look out my inbound post your two-year plan for writing, working and publishing your novel (however busy you are). There is a fast slide show near the launch if you are in a hurry!
It' is designed for bustling writers: those who can't take a year out of their lives to start working, but instead have to adapt the way they work. In order for the schedule to work, you only need 30 min per days (or the equivalents over a week) for your novel.
Good Luck with the writing: I would like to know about your ideas and their development into a complete novel.