Write a novel?
I have had the story idea for what I think could be a good book since over two years now. What I don't know is how to go about it. I mean, it's not just another blog entry that you can come up with in an hour's sitting in front of the computer screen, is it?
I have looked up the net but I would prefer getting answers from professional writers themselves and indi was the first thing that came up in my mind now.
Anybody out there who could provide with some 'how to start writing a book?' tips? ;)
Its much more difficult than you can think. If you really want to write a good book, you'll have to invest a lot of time and completion may take more than a year. I'll share with you my strategy.
Outline the entire plot and divide into broad section and make a note of all of them. Note them in a notepad in the same order in which they would appear in the novel and also mention approx. word count against each section. Now divide each section into sub-sections and mention word counts against them.
This will give you a good idea about how the novel is going to look like. Let me know if it works for you.
Yeah. I am trying to outline the whole thing right now. The outlining is itself going to take some time. I don't know how to mention the approx word count with each section. I think only when I start writing the draft that I will get to know how descriptive I am and how long a particular section is going to be.
Thank you for your reply :)
This is what I did. While outlining, I also mentioned what all things I'll cover in that particular section. And I went to as detaliled level as possible and required. It gave me a fair idea about what all I want to put there, what was unnecessary and how long would that be or in better words, should that be
The first thing is , read a few books *many books would be better*
you would come to know how to write a story!!
then participate in flash - fiction challenges .. that would bring out the writer in you!!
Yeah, reading- I do that...but flas-fiction- would that actually help? I mean, flash fiction n a novel can be quite different...isn't it?
You are confined to one thing in a flash-fiction. With a novel, since it's ur own, you are free to turn it the way you wish...
the very first thing is write the intro and the preface and then give it to a fellow friend of yours.....who will give a sincere feedback on it( has to be honest)......and then he must be persistent enough to make you provide him with the next chapters and since you have outlined all the process that'd be easy to provide him on time....after a while when you get in the flow check if the initial pages need rewriting......that is what i can suggest...but it'll be helpful if you just start right away at the earliest
Thanks Yatin :)
Getting enough time out isn't an easy task though...this is going to take me a real long time...;)
Blogging just takes one hour of sitting in front of the computer screen? :-O My fiction posts take up an entire half-day.......:-D Trust me dude,writing something which you really really care about,and want others to appreciate...it takes time and patience! :-) The thing is,while writing,you will sometimes get into the 'zone'.Where brilliant connections will just spring to the front of your mind like they had been held back by a catapult band all along.The key is,keep a notebook handy to jot down these ideas as and when they pop to your mind.Trust me,they will prove very very useful later on.:-) Best of luck.
it is an easy task :-D
see just write "a book" and even you wrote it once#lamerME
I agree with what Captain Awesome commented, also, there is this site called Wattpad, where amateur people write and put up their stories, and some of the really successful ones then got offers from Amazon and everything. You can go check it out?