Writing a Novel Tips

I love writing, it is one of my passions and ever since I was little I have wanted to be a writer (dream big, right?). I’ve being writing short stories since my early teens, but last November I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and tried to write a novel in a month. Although I failed I’ve being working on my maunscript ever since, so I’d thought I’d share some tips and tricks that I have learnt along the way.

  • An idea can start anywhere – I just had an image of a little girl running through a forest, chasing after somebody. It was stuck in my brain for months and months, until I wrote it down. That was the first basis for my story. Inspiration is everywhere – you just need to look in the right place!
  • Save EVERYTHING!! And I mean everything. All of my chapters have gone through mutiple incarnations during writing and editing – with new ideas, or a new character. I make sure I save every version just in case I decide to go back to it.
  • Perseverence. Sometimes writing is hard. You look at your work and all you see is the faults or the massive amount of work you’ve still got left to do. Have a break, grab yourself a cup of tea and come back to it. It will help – I promise.
  • Read. Read Everything. Read in the genre you’re writing, read out of the genre you’re writing. Other books are so inspiring, they give you ideas and reading definitely improves your craft.
  • Write your first draft without editing. Your first draft is going to be awful, there is no doubt about it. There is going to be tonnes of things you want to change. You are going to be itching to change them. Don’t. Stay strong. Editing makes it way harder to finish the first draft. Get your first draft out of the way and then you can edit to you’re hearts content.
  • Don’t think about agents/query letters/publishing self publishing on your first draft. That’s way down the line and if you’re like me you’ll spend hours trawling through a query letter site, write a perfect query (well perfect in my eyes!) and then promptly change half your plot. Don’t do it – concentrate on your writing. Write because you love it, not because you want to become the next Rowling.
  • Keep a notebook with you at all times to write down ideas or anything that you find remotely interesting or any ideas you might have. I’ve found this really helpful – I used to have ideas that I would just forget or see something on TV like an unusual word that I thought was cool and it slip my mind. Having a notebook solved that and kept all my ideas in one place. I also write down my writing aims for the day and what I need to change/edit in my story. Having a notebook really was a lifesaver.
  • Most importantly HAVE FUN. Writing, for me, is probably the most rewarding and exciting thing I do in my spare time (I know – I’m a geek). I absolutely love it and hope that I will be doing it for the rest of my life.

I hope this helped anybody who wants to write – I am hardly an expert in writing but anyone that as any further tips feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear your ideas! I hope you like this post – it was a bit different from normal but hey, I like to try new things 😉

Happy Reading and Writing!!

Laura 🙂 xx

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