How to Write a novel in a yearIn a year, how do you write a novel?
A two-year plan for writing, processing and publishing your novel (no matter how preoccupied you are)
It'?s a big venture. It doesn't take you all days, every single one. When you can only find 30 mins per days, you could complete a novel (to the point where you send it to an agent or publish it yourself) in just two years. If you know some very productive novel writers like me (like Joanna Penn and Johnny B. Truant), a novel may be a little sluggish in two years.
Two years from now, a novel is definitely better than no novel at all. For the two-yearly novel's fast track schedule and easy hints on how it works, here's a slideshow: You have to do it for the scheme to work:
You have 30 min. per days (or the equivalence for one whole working period, e.g. two 1 hour 45-meters. It' s a plan: Added to your novel to be with your journalist and/or betat reader. From this a novel of 75,000 - 80,000 words is to emerge, which is completed within two years (from the first concept to the completed book).
I' ll go through the map one by one, with a lot of additional instructions, in a second:.... but right now the whole thing is in one place: In a research-intensive field (historical, tough SF, imagination involving a metric tons of global buildings), allow a few additional month for research before starting the actual game.
When you are typing in a book with about 50,000 words (romance, some YA), you should be ready with "Writing the First Draft" and "Editing the Whole Hazard" in 3 - 4 month instead of 5. I' m going to make a rather audacious claim here: however occupied you are, you can spend anaveraging 30 min per days (3. 5 hours per week) of time.
This is NOT necessary for 30 min. every fortnight. When your schedule is interrupted frequently, or when you stop typing at the last moment, schedule your schedule to do so. The goal is, for example, to be able to type from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m.
30 o'clock, but if for some occasion this does not occur, please contact us from 21.00 - 21.30 o'clock. When you can't fit half an hours a days (or the equivalent) of typing into your living as it is, find out what needs to be changed for it to work. Are you able to count on convenience food or takeaway three evenings a week so you don't have to waste so much of your spare working hours in the kitchen and doing the dishes?
Are there any commitments you can give up to gain more overtime? Every single day, the remainder of this article will guide you through the schedule, with hints on how to manage each phase. The Two-Year Novel can be downloaded for an even more in-depth review - with hints on possible stickies in each phase and useful resource downloads.
The Two-Year Novel is available for immediate use. Aim for the day: 30 min. of planing, research and/or sketching. Ultimate goal: A full, section-by-section map. I' ve never been a great designer when it comes to novelists. However, these few working hours, with a seriously restricted period for my literature work, have improved my work.
Finally, I am working out my book in detail - and I know that I am saving a lot of inconvenience. I would really urge you to hold back for the first few month if you are inclined to go directly into your work with a little bit of research and work.
It can be strange and counterproductive to be used to measure your improvement in words.... but a few month can spare you a good year or more of work. Aim for the day: 500 words (or 30 min. of writing). Ultimate goal: A full first design (approx. 75,000 - 80,000 words).
There is a legend out there that good fiction takes forever to be written. From my own experiences, the occasional year or more I take about a first design is not because I spend a few nights torturing myself with words and characters motivation - it's because I concentrate on the novel for a whole week or so, meeting a bustling time in my lifetime (and possibly a crunch in my novel), and then not writing a single term for several heats.
When you have a schedule (see month 1 & 2) and the obligation to have a 30 -minute sit-down every night - or the corresponding one weeks period - then you can and will complete your design in five-month. chances are, it's a better scheme than if you'd taken a year or more over it because you haven't missed what you did severaltimes along the way.
And if you are not a very quick author, do not think that this is the same. Anything to distract you from typing (put your mobile somewhere else, turn off your web connection). Before you begin to write, you may have done so in the first few month, but you may want to rethink and rework this one.
It is a good option to start practicing how to type as quickly as possible in time-controlled bursts for five or ten seconds. I' m disregarding your inner editorial. Maybe you want to keep a record of how many words you have left to see if you're getting quicker - or at least to give yourself a good measure of what you can ask of a thirty-minute meeting.
When you think it is not possible to write an average of 500 words in 30 min, either prolong your meetings a little (40 min instead of 30) or adjust to an additional meeting once or twice a weeks. Aim for the day: 500 words reformulated. Ultimate: A good design of your novel that you are willing to divide with your editors and/or betatreader.
I' m writing out a whole first design, printing it out and then redesigning it from the ground up. It' s a pleasure to visit each of the scenes again, but to make them right (or almost right) - in many ways it can be more fun than the first design. For the eleventh months, please consult your journalist (or betat reader). At this point, I hope you know if you are on the right path by the end of the twelfth week.
That means they can schedule in advanced to involve you. Goal for the day: 30 min. of novel work. By your editors or betat readers: When you publish yourself, you have a sketch for a front page and a flap text. When you contact an agent, you have a proposal for a covering note and a summary. It may seem like a long period of your life to enable you to work on your novel, but if you're not well organized and fully sold out month in front, there's a good shot that you can't let it all go to work on your novel.
When you have several subscribers in your betas and give them a lot of reading space - they probably do it for free - you'll want to give them enough to ask them a few simple question and maybe even rewrite materials so they can look it up again. If one of your alpha users comes into contact with the moon light as a design artist, you need to give a summary of the storyline and an indication of which items should appear on the face.
Allow everyone you work a clear period - it is a good practice to have these two or three week before the end of the 15th week, so if their work overflows, it does not bother you too much. That is, unless you are really pressed for a certain period of elapsed time:
You will have many possibilities to optimize them during the year. Aim of the day: Ultimate goal: A complete novel that at least comes near the published standards. It' a great platform, because then your novel takes on its real form.
You' ve received feedbacks from seasoned users, and you probably have a whole range of problems to solve - big and small. Whilst I have specified a day goal above, you may find that it is simpler to work with a week mean according to the changes you need to make. It' hard to hold on or delay changes, especially bigger ones - and that's the point where fiction can get longer and longer.
Editors or betahreaders can make some proposals that do not fit your vision of the game. Aim for the day: 30 min. of novel work. Ultimate goal: From your editors or betat readers: Prepare to post your copyrights page and confirmations posted with a final cover page and describing your products, possibly a website or blogs, and a good way to get your script formated and uploaded on-line (even if your intention is to "pay someone else to do it").
You should be quite satisfied with the novel now. However, I would urge you to run it past at least one other bug-fixer. That could be someone who has been reading the previous design, or it could be someone who comes to your novel new. Hopefully you won't get any feedbacks at this point like "the second half of the volume is like a completely different storyline from the first" or "there are too many subplots".
As your novel is no longer processed, you can continue with various administrative functions that put you in a good location to post it. If you are making a pocket guide, the flap text is what appears on the back of your guide; the descriptive text is what appears on Amazon in full length. In the case of conventional publishing: Review your covering note and summary: At this point, your novel is unlikely to undergo significant changes.
Perhaps you would like to ask your journalist to look at this and your script (especially if he has extensive experiences with traditional publication or work in an advertising company or publisher). The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook is a great source in the UK and Writers' Markets in the USA.
Every kind of publication: Let ter or end the thanks and choose to whom you want to devote the novel. but if you have a minute, it's a good one. Aim of the day: Ultimate goal: A really complete novel! However, take this period into account when you plan - better to get ready early than to hurry to send your novel to your proofreaders.
This is a very medium day's destination - you can zoome through 6,000 words of the script in a 30-minute lesson and then tackle only 500 words in the next one. Return to your script and your testimonial from your betatreaders or editors - and go with your stomachs.
Have you got the feeling that you have a good argument and that your novel really needs a lot more work? Do you have the feeling that although you have an interesting notion, this is not really right (or necessary) for your novel? It' a good idea to allow a little write access to get in touch with prospective editors (for 22 months) and critics.
Remember that Amazon can delete ratings from your buddies or your families, so you might want to throw the web a little further away (try it with buddies of your buddies or those you've made in groups or forums). Goal for the day: 30 min. of novel work. Completed novel without typing mistakes or other mistakes.
Reviewer contacts; website / blogs / public relations account (delete if necessary) prepared for users; possibly full ad space; design of an e-mail copy to be sent to your friend / familiy / etc. about your novel. Don't try to correct your novel yourself. This is so important that I say it again: do not try to correct your novel yourself.
It' unbelievably difficult to recognize typing errors in something you wrote because you know what you wanted to do. And if you are the publisher, this is also the period to get in touch with the evaluators using the mailing lists you created last year. Please let them know when you plan to release the volume earlier this months.
If, for some apparent reasons, you think your text has a reasonable number of typing errors, wait to send it to a reviewer until it has been proof-read. Aim for the day: 30 min. of novel work. Ultimate: Your work can be purchased on-line or your script is available from agents/publishers. Notice: For some exercises this months, such as getting your books on Amazon, it will be useful to work in longer meetings of 1 - 2 hrs instead of 30 mins.
I' m going to suppose that, at a minimum, you publish on Amazon in Amazon Online (by far the most common choice for self publishers!) - you can of course publish on other online websites in supplement to this or produce a pocketbook ver... This is your time to send your manuscripts to editors and agents: if you have followed the entire schedule, you will have a shortlist of agents/publishers from 21-22 years.
The self-publication of your textbook may seem like a technological daunting task, but it has become easier and easier in recent years. Or you can just send your script to Amazon yourself, or contract it out to a freelance artist or firm like Books Baby. An award for your work.
There' are innumerable self-published blogs about the price of your book: If you want a super-fast response, that's what I would like. You are eligible for the 70% license fee, but your work will still have a good value. The finished design of your books. You will receive it in full scale (for a print version), if possible, and in a smaller one ( (to be uploaded to Amazon as the title picture of your eBook - this will appear on Amazon and on the readers' devices).
This is your "book description" - this is your cover text plus additional information about you and your text; here you can insert some quotations from critics. Lists key words for your text. There are two different types of books. An autobiography for your Authors Centrals page and your Goodreads page (important to create once your eBook is on Amazon).
Each copy you want to place on your website for your novel. For example, you can use the cover text, but you can also insert information about your typing processes. So, that's it: how to compose and release a novel in two years. If you want to add a caption to this message when editing the map, you can do so.
When you want a little more instruction, plus many useful resource related hyperlinks, then you can use the whole map as a beautifully formated e-book by entering your e-mail here: Wikipedia has all the stuff from this blogs posts, plus: information about getting "behind tacky spots" at every stage: public areas where writers are struggling, getting provastinate or derailing.
There are many further readings in each phase of the schedule (books and blogs) to help you learn everything you need to know when you need to know. So if you have any queries or if there is anything special you would like to see me make it the drawing (e.g.