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:
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.