8 Novel Writing Tips
When you do decide it is time to write your life story or a novel, there are many people you can follow and many, many tips will be suggested to you. My advice is to follow your heart and develop your own style of writing. Write what you know and don’t let anyone deter you from your “dream.” I would like to share what I think are the most important “8 Novel Writing Tips” with you.
Keep in mind you will eventually develop your own style and create your own tips to share with other writers, “IF” you start taking action and “create yourself and your writing.” Some of the tips I’m sharing below are common knowledge, but they are good ones to follow.
8 Novel Writing Tips
- Write about what you know.
- Be yourself.
- Develop your own unique style to reach the readers who will be anxious to read everything you write.
- Never toss away a thought or an idea that you have. You never know when it will fit in perfectly with something you are writing; maybe not now but maybe in the future or maybe not ever but keep it in a file.
- If you are starting out as a new writer, try different techniques in terms of using an outline for your book. A “pantster” is when you start writing from the seat of your pants and sort it out later or write the ending of your book first and fill all of the other amazing details in as you go, leading up to the finale.
- Don’t be hard on yourself, especially in the beginning. You want to accomplish for yourself and you will get better as time goes on.
- Create your “Brand” and stick with it. What do I mean by Brand? What do you think of when you hear the name Stephen King? What about J.K. Rowling? Or Diana Gabaldon? and of course, James Patterson? Each one of these authors has a brand they are identified with. This is not to say you can never write anything outside of your chosen genre. You can write anything you want to. If you choose to write something totally different, consider a “Pen Name.” Can you tell me who these writers are? Richard Bachman and John Swithen, Robert Galbraith, J.D. Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. Feel free to leave your answer in a comment below.
- And one of the most important things I believe is to have a thick skin when it comes to people editing, proofreading or even reading your finished project. You can learn something new from everyone and you cannot make everyone happy.
So with those few tips of writing wisdom, I wish every writer out there, the best in their journey and most of all a reminder – “Never Give Up” and if you haven’t started yet, “What’s Holding You Back?”
At the end of November, thousands upon thousands of writers just finished up this years’ NaNoWriMo 2015 Challenge (National Novel Writing Month). This was my second year entering and I am happy to say that I am a “Winner” this year.
I finished about 4 days early with a word count of 50,529. I am what I mentioned above a “Pantster” Writer and I write stories as they come to me and then figure out how to work them into a book later on. I’d like to share with you the Certificate I received (above).
My first attempt last year in 2014 didn’t go very well. I was nervous and afraid I would break a rule and I wrote around 15,000 words and I was stumped. I didn’t take my status of being a “Pantster or a Rebel Writer” serious, so I stopped (not recommended). I was determined this year this was NOT going to happen.
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