5 Tips on Writing A Novel

IMG_3825You want to write a book?

Let me tell you, it isn’t for the faint of heart.

Writing a book – is hard work, but it is definitely REWARDING!

Here are my 5 Tips on Writing A Novel:

1.) Start.

2.) Figure out your plan of attack.

It is important that you figure out your schedule. Make time for your writing. If you don’t – your book will never  be written. If you have a full time job or feel like you have no free time check out this blog post.

3.) A Good Amount of Butt Glue and You Gotta’ Move it.

Stephen King is known for saying this about writing, “All it takes is butt glue.” Which, is true – BUT…

I also know that a good amount of getting up to “move it” will also help. It will give you small breaks and will allow your mind to recharge.

I know some people who say they set a timer for 30 mins and write none stop and then take a 30 minute break. For me, it seems that setting a timer never works (for me, that is). Instead I try to work full on and then take a break and then work full on again.

4.) Finish The Book.

This could be seen as the toughest bit of writing a book. At first I thought it was, but then when I finally finished my book and got into the editing rounds I found the editing to be the toughest thing about writing a book. I know this is different for every writer.

5.) Edit the book until it IS the book you knew it always needed to be.

I love looking at what famous authors have said about editing and rewriting. Here are a few:

The best writing is rewriting – E.B. White

There is no great writing, only great rewriting. – Justice Brandeis

The process of rewriting is enjoyable, because you’re not in that existential panic when you don’t have a novel at all. – Rose Tremain

My Editing/Rewriting/Revision Tip: Print out your manuscript and read it. Mark it up.

What helped you write your novel?

Be sure to check out Naomi Tepper’s post on Writing the Novel You’ve always wanted to write. She asked me for some of my thoughts on writing a novel. Check out the whole post. It’s very good! 🙂

6 thoughts on “5 Tips on Writing A Novel”

  1. Great post, Devin! I especially love the advice to “Move it”– I definitely have to give myself permission to move it after an ample amount of butt glue. It refreshes the imagination and makes finishing the project easier. Cheers!

    1. Thanks, Naomi! I am glad you enjoyed the post and thanks again for everything in your post too. Isn’t it crazy how getting up to move even for the smallest break somehow rejuvenates your imagination and such? Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. Haha, butt glue. I love it. Seriously. That’s hilarious. But I think you’re right. All the butt glue in the world won’t really write the book. IF you stop living, you stop writing well, in my opinion.

    1. Sooo true, Katie! 🙂 I get a lot of ideas for my stories through living life. And sometimes in the most unlikely places!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I have gotten solicitations from ‘Author House’ because I asked about their services. It seemed quite expensive $1700 to $3000. Do you know what they do for a writer and how do you judge if they are legit? The fact that they keep sending me emails and phone calls make me a little suspicious. I am not good with grammar and structure so I would need some help in this area. What do you think about Amazons method of publishing e-books? If you have experience in this area I would like to hear about it. Thanks for all your work putting out your blog. I am interested in all aspects of writing, so your comments are much appreciated.. Jerr

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