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:
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! :)