Writing a novel for BeginnersWrite a novel for beginners
Beginners -- Don't start writing this novel!
My common counsel for novices is not to focus on the great American (or British) novel, but to focus for a substantial period, maybe even a year, on composing shorts and tutorials. Begin of the letter -- The novel vs. The novel The author can explore and find himself.
Beginner writers very seldom have their own voices when they start typing. As they learn about themselves, as they compose many individual plays, they find those style, points of views, points of view and languages that are more naturally for them. Usually novices try to type like the writers they adore, or writers who have authored textbooks that resemble the kind they are hoping to use.
It' also usual for novices to alter the style WITHOUT the use of a book. Although some great autobiographic fiction has been published, most schoolteachers are well conscious that the autobiographic drive must be given before the novice can learn that good typing must be generalizable. This seldom desired trend is lost when many of the works are composed, and if a part of the book is remarkably specific, it is available as the foundation for a longer work.
Though this is scarce, if a student writes a novel, maybe two in their first year, they can only deal with two different types of work. However, if the pupils write one narrative a lesson per weeks, they can try many different types, style and points of view; they can discover the hard-boiled Ford/Hemingway concept, the lyric style of Laurie Lee or Dylan Thomas, John Irving and many points in between.
That is not the case when they write fiction. Newcomers get used to completing tasks. A big benefit of composing shorts is that the one or two thousand words seem less daunting than the novel and much more accessible. It' simpler to get real feed-back on a storyline because it's a whole unit.
In this way, the pupil receives constant feedbacks through the creation of many shortfilms and gets to know his strenghts and shortcomings more quickly. An appealing instructor can create brief storyline assignments to help create the areas that are considered the weaker. It' practically not possible when the pupil writes a novel. Undergraduates who write shorter novels can be motivated to share works and to study by examining each other's work.
Although this is possible with novel excerpts, the history is more easily judged by being full and limited. It is also simpler and more clear to see how different ways of approaching the same topic change the definitive work when similar short films are swapped. In the case of differently entitled books, the theme may obscure the way in which they are approached.
Comparing and identifying voice and style In class it has the benefit that the pupils create short films that they are comparing and contrasting. Obviously this is less simple with books on too often very different topics. With the creation of a unique exercise, the instructor has the benefit that all pupils work in approximately the same field, and since the source is the same, he can more readily weigh the pupil's unique characteristics against a constancy.
Exercise The excitement of the mini-history, the need to say as much as possible in as few words, is an outstanding instructor. Painting for a while is not a waste, it makes the later writer a better one. Gardner was very interested in emphasizing the usefulness of small focused drills in which the pupil could focus on specific areas of his work.
Instructors can make forming and showing much simpler if the goal is an activity or a brief history. Fewer rubbish, more materials A wasteful novel is a wasteful year for most newcomers. Usually a squandered little tale is a few lost day or a whole city. Although it is the truth that a pupil could in theory create 52 successive squandered shorts, our experiences tell us something else, because after each history, finally, completely, the pupil usually learnt something.
With the novel, the pupil does not study much until he has fulfilled his long and strenuous assignment and undergoes it. Romanes are seldom reduced to brief histories. Shorts were made into novelists, shorts to fiction andshorts to film.
Shorts contain all the important aspects of good typing. For example, it is simpler to give the concept of premise/theme in a simple film than in a novel. You can ask a pupil to spell a 2,000-word saying without ever refering to it or to prove a phrase like "All men are pigs".
It' s hardly necessary to say that a schoolmaster cannot ask the pupils to write a novel to do the same. The Sistine Chapel - why paint? Think of a college kid with a really great novel concept; a novel that could transform the way the world works or bring glory and wealth to the author.
Why, why on Earth should this author get involved with the great novel and acquire his abilities in the process of composition? Each and every one of the words he types before getting involved in the valuable extension of this beautiful concept makes it more likely that he is a skilled author and less likely that the marvelous concept will be waste.
He' the author of five Caz Flood novels: In the USA Cuckoo was released by St. Martin's Press and nomination for the Anthony Award for best first novel. He has written a number of award-winning shorts in a number of papers, among them The Atlantic, BBC Radio 4, Blue Moon Review, Southern Ocean Review and more.