help for new authors

Help For New Authors: How to write your novel

There is lots of help for new authors available, but this series of blog-posts is dedicated to answering the most frequently asked questions.

The first two posts illustrate how to find inspiration, so provide valuable help for anyone who needs to find a story line to begin a novel, and also provide help for anyone suffering from writer’s block.

1. Finding inspiration for a Novel from newspapers or periodicals.

2. Finding inspiration for a Novel from people.

Once you have inspiration for your theme, you need to enlarge that theme into something worthy of a novel by developing the theme into into a plot.

3. Developing the Plot of a Novel.

Before starting your novel in earnest, you need to decide what viewpoint you want readers to have.

4. Developing the Viewpoint of a Novel

Potential readers will often be enticed to pick a book up by its cover, but once they pick it up they are likely to make the decision whether to buy it or not by reading the first sentence or first paragraph. Your first paragraph needs to encourage readers to carry on reading.

5. Format your Word Processor Before you Begin Writing in Ernest

6. Writing the Start of a Novel

You’ve found a theme, developed a plot, decided on your viewpoint, and written your opening sentences. Now our help for new authors continues as the real hard work begins. Your novel will be full of characters, and those characters have to be believable. That means you have to give them believable emotions and believable dialogue.

7. Development of Novel Characters

8. Writing Novels with Believable Emotions

9. Writing Novels with Believable Dialogue

As you write, you will automatically develop your own writing style. It may end up automatic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help things along by improving your style of writing.

10. Developing a Novel Writing Style

Eventually, you will reach the end of your novel and breath a long sigh of relief. That’s when the next batch of hard work begins. It is obvious from Amazon, that many new authors rush to publish at this stage. Seasoned authors realise their novel is only half done. Writing is the first half, editing is the second half, and both need as much time and attention as the other. Editing can make or break your novel.

11. Self-Editing Your Novel

As time allows, we will add additional articles about the self-publishing and traditional publishing process, and about marketing.

Traditional Publishing Help For New Authors

How Traditional Publishing Works.

Finding a Literary Agent

Miscellaneous Help

Helpful articles that do not fit in any of the above categories

How Planners and Pantsers can both use the Snowflake Method.

How to highlight all dialogue in a Microsoft Word Document.