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Novels differ from novellas and s hort stories because they are larger and more complex. A novel is a sweeping epi c, made up of thousands of glimpses that develop into a year, a decade, even a c entury. You must first decide how best to master this responsibility. Spend a lo t of time thinking about it. Plan, but not too much. Dream, even more than neces sary. And always remember, in the wise words of Professor Bhaer from Little Wome n, "You should be writing from life. From the depths of your soul... There is mo re to you than this, if you have the courage to write it." 2 Remember: Writing isn t always a perfect process. It proceeds backwards, insid e out, or upside down more often than forwards. Some writers like to map out the ir story ahead of time. Other writers jump into the story head first. Skip the f irst three steps, or add more detailed steps of your own. As The Writer, it s your decision. 3 Decide on your setting. A setting is as important as the entire novel, as im portant as the climax, because the places we live in shape us - and likewise, ou r characters - into who we are meant to be. Settings have to be concrete, specif ic, and well-thought out. Think of both the place and the time. If your setting is a townhouse in downtown Ottawa, what type of house? What colour? Who are your characters' neighbours? Who sells them fish at 5:00 am on Saturdays? Who delive rs their mail? What species of tree is in their front yard? You must find a way to envision the entire scene, and the more you do this, the more you discover ho w much a setting really includes. If your novel takes place in a specific time p eriod, you must research everything that happened, from who was Prime Minister t hen to what was in the news. 4 Figure out what your story is going to be about. This is called the plot. To start, decide what the novel is about. It could be about a pirate captain who v oyages the seven seas or a knight who defends his fortress from cruel invaders o r a concentration camp escapee. Once you have the central idea it WILL develop i nto a full fledged plot. A plot needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. It also must have conflict and a resolution pulled on by believable motivation that wil l make your writing static. Consider using authoring software if you do not have a good feel for doi ng it on your own. This can be expensive but can help both the novice and the pr ofessional in developing solid stories. 5 Create your main characters. Usually there is a main good guy (protagonist) and a main bad guy (antagonist). There are several ways to do this. One way coul d be to draw rough sketches of them. Another could be to write up a list of ques tions (name? age? pastimes? fetishes? flaws? temptation?) and answer them for ea ch character. Or just start writing and take them raw. Make sure that these char acters are believable and natural. Don t make your protagonist perfect. If your protagonist is perfectly flaw less, your readers will have no way to connect to him or her. After all, nobody s perfect. For the protagonist character development is very important. These are scenes that tell the reader something more about the character. This will help t he readers feel more strongly about him or her. Same applies to the antagonist, they shouldn't be all bad. If they have no good or human qualities, your readers will have no way to connect, and they w ill seem wooden. 6 Create your other characters. Don t make the mistake of thinking secondary cha racters are unimportant. They will inhabit the back drop of the novel and must h elp bring the place alive. These characters should be explored but remember that they should not take the place of the main character. If you find yourself focu sing your attention on a secondary character more than the main character, quest

Take few. the settings. Create a writing space. the plot. Just make sure you write daily! Or. Dive in approach. Your writing is in its baby stage and it needs nurture and love. Get a good chair to sit in which won't give you back pains after hours and hours of sitting and writing. friends. Set aside a quiet hour where everyone must leave you alone. otherwise it is better to get criticism fr om an editor or agent. The writing stage is when you set your ideas down. You need someone encouraging. If you are a procrastinator. and you start writing w hile it's still fresh in your ready for t his to hit you at anytime.000 words i n one month to complete your novel. You must say to your self that if this novel does not get wr itten then you can only blame your self. you must regularly dedicate some time to your novel. etc. it takes months. It is possible to rip out your story w hile you straighten your grammar. an even better idea. of course. Remember. This will keep you motivated. Writers tend to work better when there's a d eadline to face. cities. You do need to understand what you're undertaking. a few hours.. There are several common approaches to writing: Begin with the ending in mind. You don't write a book in an hour. Do the fol lowing things to help make your writing a habit: Make yourself write every day. More motivation. Always save t . although some writers work better at certain times of the day. as to not forget what you're thinking about. factions. Try to set small goals. you set the outcome o f the story in your head. family. and then build on it to create your novel. say. Start with characters. This can provid e support. This way will allow the characters to be more embedded in the plot. Inspiration's not going to warn you when it's about t o come knocking on your door. short breaks while writing with th is method. If you know the ending of the stor y. 10 Seek constructive feedback. You have the list of the idea. and peer reviews. and i t can help you progress more easily toward that ending. 11 Rewrite. it can help you form the theme. Find a cozy place where you can relax and there are no distractions. try joining NaNoWriMo: write 50. ra ces. it is said. We are creatures of habit. teachers. Is the secondary character a favorite "pet" character? Is the main character boring or undeveloped? Or is the "secondary character" ac tually the main character? 7 Start writing. and work toward it.ion why you are doing so. Editing and rewriting is what makes the story good. Morning or night. But be careful not to over-edit. etc. The rewriting stage is the time to make i t great.) before you do a massive edit (although your opinion is the final decision it is not always the right answer). cults. 9 Create a habit. but who isn't afraid to be honest and compl etely blunt with you. Try to create the world (the overall setting a nd environment). Meaning. and it s true. The big picture approach. Many wonderful writers go unnoticed and unread because their drawers are filled with unfinished novels. governments. Never show your precious writing to someone you don't completely trust. so protect your back. a chapter. Create three or four characters and let the plot build up around them. or mo re. towns. whether it's a sentence. capitals. Create geography. 8 Make the Commitment. set a time limit for each day. it doesn t matter. And also.. The story is really written during this part. only take criticism from a friend as long as you know they are being honest with you. feedback. the characters. Check with two or more "personal editors" (aka . so you don't go insane trying to finish your story but you do have some motivat ion to make use of your hours before that timer dings. because you can always write fuller. Consider joining an online or offline writing community.

An . Different writers write differen tly. If you REALLY want to finish. it comes together cohe sively. but do not open the envelope until it is p ublished. It's OK to have more material than you actually need in your first draft. only abando ned. or halfway through your novel. T his way. Keep a record of any ideas you may have. This is the conclusion that most writers aim for. Create their look and personality and get to know them.he first draft in a safe place. Remember that rewriting can only do good for your Brain Training Games Improve memory with scientifically designed brain exercises. and there will always be a slot for your story if it's well writ ten and interesting. try not to let your family and friends be your proofreaders. If you expect yourself to fail. Nothing can get you to write faster than a bunch of p eople constantly asking you. you will. at some point. Lo ng paragraphs of description can be trimmed later. Don t write expecting bundles of money. Remember to pace yourself. end. Tell peop le to remind you to write. Before anything else. You might want them later. tell EVERYONE that you're writing something.lumosity. An Award Winning Publisher Looking for New Writers www. A story is never finished. 13 Publish your work. A great story is never truly finished. Whether you choose a well known publishing company. yo u really don't have any time restrictions." Write your story the way you want. so if they see something that you did wrong they won't criticize you as truthfully as they should. as long as. Th ey know how hard you've worked on this novel. Sometimes you DO go overboard with the editing a nd end up wanting to go back to that first draft.RaiderPublishing. ps Technically speaking. Have self confidence. bomb threats and explosions are great hook s and very engaging but only in the right context. Don t make your story episodic : sure. an online e-publisher. and as an amateur. Money in writing is all about luck. If you throw dynamite in for effect. but those are things that YOU need to know during the early writing process. There are markets for all genres."So are you finished yet?" If possible. www. you'll be really embarrassed if you don't actually finish it. "It is better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self. it doesn't matter if you start at the beginning. Don t expect too much from yourself. develop your cast of If you plan on publishing this book but you feel that you are to young to get it published then post it to yourself so that if someone steals your idea you may be able to claim credit for the book. your reader will start to lose faith in you to tell a good story. or self-publ ish. 12 Keep rewriting. Ads by Google Raider Publishing Int. Use writing advice that works best for you.

Don't be disappointed if you lose heart. and keep it with you whi le writing. you might not want to go back to that part. It helps you think of different scenarios and chapters . If you don't feel this right away. try writing an exciting bit to get yourself motivated again.except a good name. . If you feel that w ay. Try not to lose heart in your book. and ultimately help you write better. and when you're in the middle of the gunfight/motorcycle chase. etc. E. Never get discouraged or let people bring you down. Storybook. Get your own special comfy place to write. Read literature often to improve your writing skills. Listening to music while writing can help you get in the mood of what's happening. Invest in a baby book that provides names and their meanings. aggr essive and driving songs are best. Sometimes that perfect character has everything-. Make it YOURS! You may also want to use novel writing software such as PageFour. It might become a handy argument and you could see within yourself for the way you truly think and believe. even when you're not. when you're at the part where the main character a nd the villain are fighting the final climatic battle. themselves or even other characters around them. and how characters might feel about these adventures. even hundr eds of stories a year. Write with passion.d good luck to you. Jot down your thoughts while writing. some which never get past the first page let alone the fi rst chapter! You'll know after a while if a story you're writing has really capt ivated your attention and imagination. let your imagination go wild. Listening to music appropriate to what you're writing about while writing ca n be a great help. but over using them is boring and uninventive. Play with words and enjoy yo urself. keep d eveloping ideas and trying! Sometimes it helps to listen to music in between mom ents when you're writing. They have their place. Many writers write tens.g. it's better to listen to epic tunes. liste ning to sad music is helpful. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus with you while writing. its good to see what you were thinking before on the subject just in case another day you think differently. Have fun with it. when you get to a boring bit and st op for the night. Never give up! Some people will discourage you but many more will love what you write if you love it as well. Avoid using too many clichés or stock phrases. It's always nice to seem like you can relate. Inspire your story with a little bit of real life. For example: When you're writing about the main character's best friend dying. Instrumental music (with no words) is especially useful.

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