Have you always dreamed of writing your own novel? They do say that everyone has at least one book in them, so maybe it is time for yours. Here are 5 tips for starting your first novel.
Are you a self-proclaimed bookworm, often to be found cosying down in a good library? Then your head is likely to be swimming with stories, lives and ideas already. The difficulty with sitting down to write your own book is in knowing where to start, which is where we come in today as we share with you 5 tips for getting started on your first novel.
Brush up on your writing skills
You need to actually start writing right at the outset to remind yourself that you can do this and how much you enjoy it. If you miss this step you will dive straight into attempting your novel and then convince yourself that you cannot do it within the first few hours.
You need to brush up on your writing skills, by way of completing a variety of creative writing exercises.
Settle on your genre
Now that you are comfortable writing once more, it is time to start developing your ideas. The first thing that you are going to need to do is settle on a genre.
For many of us, this one almost chooses itself as you are likely to write what you love. What you love will be sitting right there on your bookshelves, so take a look at the books that you enjoy and write in that genre. It will be a genre that you are familiar with and like to read, so if you like to read it you will love to write it.
Get to know your characters
Before you begin to write your characters, you need to get to know them yourself, inside and out. If they are real to you, you stand a better chance of making them real to your readers.
What motivates them and how they feel each day? Are they normally upbeat and ambitious or do they tend to favour getting through the day so that they can laze around once more? What do they do professionally and then with their free time? Do they spend their weekends playing Moto X3M 4 or are they out and about hiking forest trails?
You need to consider these characters from every possible angle, and only then can you begin to write them.
Develop your plot line
You know the genre and the people that you wish to bring to life, now you need to craft their tale and develop your plot line.
Aim to think big picture initially, drafting up a beginning, a middle and an end, and then you can drill down and work out the full details.
Original does not have to mean outlandish
People always suggest that when you are writing a book, you need to ensure that it is original. Of course this is true, but original does not have to mean outlandish.
Whilst there is no doubt that inventing entire new worlds can be successful, books set within this world, with characters with ordinary lives, can be just as gripping. The key is in their stories and the plot lines. Seek to make the tale original and use only your voice, not an imitation of a much admired author.
The originality sits within your characters and their stories, and the voice that you use to tell them.