Writing a novel Step by StepWrite a novel step by step
Right from the first idea to the query
I remembered that although I wrote several articles about the different stages that lead to a novel's creation, from a brainstorm to the survival of the interrogation ditches, I never really talked about the order or the gradual progression of authoring a novel from the first thought to the search for representations. Whilst each author works a little differently, I have chosen to divide my general processes from beginning to end to give you an impression of what usually goes into finishing a novel - at least how I deal with it.
It' the time you dare to think that maybe this could be a novel and everything changes. I' ve worked on both sides of the range, and I've found that I work really well by sketching with flash cards on Scrivener's corkboard, so after designing some general storylines and being satisfied with what I have, I'm opening a new Scrivener site and starting to work.
That' usually where I choose whether the concept is like new or not. Preliminary design, all you have are a pile of inspirations, but after the initial design you have a novel. Cool down time. Sometimes, when I'm especially anxious to get to edit, this move may feel even tougher than the first design - although it has nothing to do with it.
However, the chilling phase is so important for some of the things I have already mentioned. It is not recommended to skip this move, but everyone works differently. Anyway, if you plan to bring this novel into the realm, the first reading is inevitable and very important. No matter what I wrote down in my first reading - now it's a good day to do it.
Here I try to discuss important topics such as action difficulties, discontinuity mistakes or new extensions that are necessary to make the textbook semi-presentable. From a technical point of view, you don't have to tell anyone about the advantages of listening, but my first readership gives me a little additional feed-back to measure what still needs to be repaired.
However, the key point of reading is to sense the stream of reading, to recognize mistakes and to assess what works and what does not. I' m trying to watch where the tempo is off, where the dialogues sound weird and where it's simple to put down the work. Solvency Swap/Cooling Phase.
As soon as I have gone through the above mentioned stages and am relatively happy (which means that I know that it is not nearly perfect, but I am not ashamed to split it), I will let my CP' know what status the script is at and begin to exchange chapter or whole citations. It also serves as a cool-down phase, as I concentrate on something else (ergo: the MS of the CP).
Well, now that I have some CPs to give me feed -back, I will begin to integrate the changes into design three. I can do this at the same time as the CP swapp ( "in this case I am skipping the second cool down phase"), but this will vary from case to case.
Solvency swap/cooling phase (again). As a last feed-back to see how well the audits have worked (or not). Finishing/polishing. With my own last feedbacks and confidentiality, it's finally the finishing touches. Sometimes this can be the most intense processing stage, because it is about analysing every individual part.
Synopse / Inquiry / Draft Pitch. Now, my favourite stepping synthesis and interrogation design. I can summarize my emotions for this move in this book. For those who are interested, here is what you want to prevent in the search. I have already spoken before about the importance of questioning criticism, and now is the perfect moment to do so.
Publishers can never see the words you've worked so harder if you don't brush up on your search. Search for prospective processors (provided you want an agent). So I make a table of information like the agencies they work for, how I will personalise the request, and the mean responsiveness.
As soon as you press "Send", it's and it' s and it' s time to lean back, try to unwind and concentrate on almost everything else. Then when you're done with this novel, it's certainly a good idea to restart from scratch.