Putting Pen to Paper: Getting Started With Your First Novel *

It’s easy to feel envious when you look at the greatest novelists of our time. After all, they are making money doing something they love. And their name will always be remembered for their smashing books. And a lot of writers and bloggers aspire to write their own novel. However, it’s hard to get started when you want to write your first book. Therefore, are some tips for getting started with your first novel.

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Develop your characters well

First things first, you need some characters for your novel. After all, you are not going to have a story without well-developed characters. Therefore, it’s time to think of characters who are going to be part of your story. It’s worth going out people watching to help you find the star of your novel. And you should do some research to ensure you know your characters well. After all, you can’t write about a character’s job if you know nothing about it. Therefore, create your characters and ensure you know everything about them before you begin the story.

Decide on your genre at the beginning

Before you start writing your novel, you need to have a clear idea of your target audience. After all, you are going to write a book differently for an 18-year old than for a 30-year old. And you don’t want to lose your target readers as the book isn’t suitable for them. Therefore, set a clear genre at the beginning, so that you don’t go off track with your book. And then it will make it easier when you send it off for submission if you know where your book fits into the market.

Consider the length of your book

Before you start the story, you need to have a plan about your book. You want an idea of exactly how long it is going to be. After all, you don’t want to get carried away and end up writing far too much. Otherwise, when it comes to print your first book, you will find book printing quotes expensive. Therefore, make sure you plan exactly how much you will write and how long each chapter will be. You can find out online about long each genre is meant to be. Most books are around 60,000 to 100,000 words long. Of course, if you are writing a book aimed at children or teens, it will be slightly shorter.

Make sure you have an ending

Before you begin writing your book, you need to make sure you are clear about what exactly happens in your book. It’s easy to get carried away and start writing without figuring out the end to a novel. But to ensure you actually complete the book, you need to ensure you have a set beginning, middle, and end. That way, you know exactly what you are writing and won’t go off on a tangent. And you won’t end up getting lost with the story and stop half way through. Of course, things might change as you write your book, but keeping to a set story will ensure you complete the book.

And if you need help along the way, there are a lot of writing communities online who can help you to complete your first novel.

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5 thoughts on “Putting Pen to Paper: Getting Started With Your First Novel *

  1. Excellent tips here, it’s all common sense and yet there’s so much here that can be forgotten and then bang, it’s all gone! A brilliant list, thanks:)(from someone who could have done with this writing book 1;)

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