4 Tips For Writing A Novel

Posted 12/06/2017 by tiffanyshand in Authorship, Self Publishing, Writing / 3 Comments

Writing a book is hard work no matter if you’re an experienced author or are just starting out. It can be hard trying to find the time to sit down and write when you have so much going on in your life. Motivation can often put a lot of writers off from finishing their books.

Here are 4 tips for getting your novel finished.

Begin with a concept

Start with a basic concept of what you want the story to be about. For example, a witch who works for a supernatural police force and runs her own investigation team. This is the one idea I had for my first novel, Denai Touch and the story led from there.

Once I have an idea for a book I write everything down in a notebook and go from there. You don’t have to use a notebook, you could list it all in a word document or create a file and add everything to that so you have all of the information in one place.

Write character biographies

I always find it helpful to write a profile for my character and it helps me get to know them and understand what motivates them. Character profiles are good for any genre you may write in but depending on which one you do write in you may want to add other things. For example, if you’re a fantasy author like me then you many want to add things like what powers and other abilities the character has.

Here’s a basic character outline that I use for my own characters:

Name:

Age:

Race:

Gender:

Occupation:

Eye Colour:

Hair Colour:

Height:

Build:

Relationship status:

Parents:

Siblings:

Best friend:

Likes:

Dislikes:

Hobbies:

Write down potential plot lines

Once I start getting to know my characters and what they are about scenes usually start running through my mind. So I write possible scenes down. You don’t have to list every single detail. I usually write a bunch of random scenes and string them together later.

Write brief chapter outlines

I have written brief chapter outlines before and this can be a helpful method for many writers. You don’t have to go into huge detail, just list a few things they want to happen in that particular chapter. I roughly write outlines for about 20 chapters. Any more than that and I get bored.

But remember, there is no right or wrong way of outlining the novel. It all depends on the person. I know I probably won’t stick to my outline but it definitely helps to have a guide when you get started to help you along the way.

 

 

Posted 12/06/2017 by tiffanyshand in Authorship, Self Publishing, Writing / 3 Comments


  • This is fantastic. I started writing a novel in 2014, and have since just gotten back into it after having my son. Do you have any advice on publishing?

    • Good luck with your novel. What is it about?

      No short answer on getting started with publishing – it really depends on the person and I have a few posts here on my blog about self publishing.

      My advice would be decide what route you want to take, whether you want a traditional publisher or to self publish – both have pros and cons. Definitely get feedback for your book before publication and have it professionally edited if you can then go from there.

  • Love this! Some really great tips. I definitely made myself laugh when I made character bios for a creative nonfiction piece lately—interesting to think about the qualities for semi-fictionalised, but real-life characters!