There are two main ways of self editing your novel. You can edit as you write, a chapter at a time, or edit the whole book after completion. I know writers that do both, but each has its own pros and cons.
All writers end up developing a novel writing style of their own. In years to come someone will find your writing and know you wrote it. Pick up an unknown book by an author you love, and within a few sentences you will know your favourite author wrote it. Writing style is intangible and difficult to describe, but we recognise it when we see it.
Writing novels with believable dialogue should be easy for authors, but it is harder than many imagine. This guide should help get it right.
When writing novels with believable emotions, ‘Write what you know’ is a well known maxim because human emotions are universal, and descriptions of emotions are often interchangeable.
Development of novel characters is central to any novel. Some have major parts, others minor, but every character should be there for a reason.
Some of the major characters in your story will be heroes, some villains, some good, some evil, some dim, some clever. Just like all the people you meet in real life, all your characters will have different characteristics, some you will like and others you will dislike. That presents authors with a problem. Like them or loath them, your characters have to be believable.
Writing the start of a novel shouldn’t be done without completing the preliminaries. You should already have a theme, a plot, and a viewpoint. If you’re a planner, you’ve plenty of planning to do; but if you’re a pantser, you’re good to go. Either way, once you are ready to write, how should you begin your novel?
When developing the viewpoint of a novel it’s important to remember its the author’s view of the world as seen by the readers of a novel. Authors, and readers, need to have as few distractions as possible in order to immerse themselves in a story. This means they need to know whose story it is, …
Developing the Plot of a Novel can be done as a planner or pantser. Whether you have found your inspiration from a newspaper or found your inspiration from people watching, the inspiration, or theme, is only a starting point, and needs developing into a plot.
Inspiration for your novel can be obtained from newspaper headlines, but can also be obtained by observing people.
People are a rich source of inspiration for any writer because they come in all different colours, shapes and sizes, in all different ages, and with different physical, mental and emotional abilities.
Finding inspiration for a novel from newspapers can help writers start a novel. New writers sometime have problems knowing how to begin. How to find inspiration for a story or an idea for a plot are problems all authors face, but new authors more than most. This blog post offers advice on how to use newspapers and journals to kick-start your writing process.