We know writing a novel can seem like a challenging task at first. There are many ways you can simplify writing a novel to make it easier. This list of 10 novel writing tips will help you stay focused, motivated, and organized throughout the writing process.
- Get your Writing Goal and Deadline
When there’s no deadline or goal to finish, it can be very hard to complete your project. Right?
First of all we need to set a measurable deadline and writing goal.
Most novels are between 50,000 and 100,000 words. Because it’s easier to add words than cut them out, it’s often better to set your word count goal lower than 75,000 words for your first draft.
To determine the best writing goals and deadline for you, think about how many words you can write in a day. As per our survey in young aspiring writers, they can generally easily write between 2,500 and 4,000 words a day, so setting a goal of 75,000 words in 30 days is reasonable.
And also a deadline will push you to your limits and write even when you’re not motivated to write.
- Be ready Before You Jot down
While some writers just sit down at the keyboard to write with no plan or idea, it can be difficult to keep a story going or you may hit writer’s block. By preparing a basic synopsis, mind map, or outline for your ideas, you’ll have something to reference to anytime you come across a barrier while writing.
There’s many different ways to prepare for writing a novel.
Here’s just a few examples for ways you can prepare:-
- Write a 1-2 page synopsis of the novel
- Create an outline for your novel
- Organize and Plan Your Novel like plots
- Create a Mind Map with ideas for your novel
A little preparation work can go a long way in helping you stay focused and on task while writing. Having all your research and ideas in one place can also be very beneficial for keeping thoughts and ideas organized.
- Who your Characters are?
The better way you know your characters, get to know your characters as well as you would know a close friend.
You don’t have to write every little detail about your character in the story but the more you know about your character the more you will be able to imagine new scenes and develop the story.
4. Use the Right Tools
There are a lot of great programs and tools that can help you easily write your book. The key is to make sure that whatever you use is productive, reliable, and efficient.
5. Pick Time slots to Write
There will never be a perfect time to write. Waiting for when you have more time is a good way to never start writing your book. Finding motivation to write may not be easy, but sometimes scheduling time is just as hard!
Schedule a time during the day when you can write with minimal distractions and sit down. Try to disconnect from the internet if you can and force yourself to write. Do it one word at a time. Making time for writing will help you complete your novel.
6. Write First! Then Edit
One of the biggest mistakes new writers make is to edit while writing. Don’t worry about making your first draft perfect – this can be done in the revision stage AFTER the first draft is complete.Try to avoid reading what you just wrote and just keep moving forward. You can always edit sentences and cut out scenes or add scenes later.
7. Write Immediately
If you’ve set a deadline, writing fast will help you reach your goals. It also helps you stop second guessing your work while you are in the process of writing.
Write from a stream of consciousness where you just write whatever comes to mind about your story. Don’t worry so much about it making sense. The important thing is to get words down.
8. Interact With Others
Writing can be lonely. Joining a writing group can give you a lot of support! Your group can be the place to ask questions, stay accountable, and share tips and resources with others to keep you motivated and encouraged.
9. Take Breaks
Writing is a creative process and sitting in one spot all the time staring at a screen does not do much for exercising the creative muscles.
Try drawing, painting, sketching or go for a walk or take your notebook to a coffee shop or park. Getting out and doing something will help you greatly in re-energizing you to keep writing.
10. Keep your Goals on track
You’ll feel like quitting many, many times. But persistence and diligence is key in finishing. Stick to your deadline and writing goals and keep at it. You CAN do it!
And of course, when you are finally finished writing that book, you are ready to learn how to publish your book!
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