• Kaye Curren

Time to Write a Novel

I’m on quest to learn how to write a novel. This week I’m sharing a great article that slims it down to seven tips. Here’s a shortened version of Jennifer McMahon’s "How to Write a Novel: 7 Tips Everyone Can Use" from Writers Digest. Go here to grab the more detailed article.

1. Write the story you’d most want to read. Think about the books you love, the ones you really lose yourself in...a certain voice, or type of story, or kinds of characters. Write what you love.

2. Begin with character. Make her flawed and believable. Let her live and breathe and give her the freedom to surprise you and take the story in unexpected directions.

3. Give that character a compelling problem. Your character has to have something that’s going to challenge her, torment her and propel her forward.

4. Make things happen! …make sure something important to the plot is happening in each scene. And if there’s a scene in there that isn’t helping to move the story along in some vital way, I cut it, no matter how great it is.

5. Make it believable. Ah, you say, but you sometimes write stories with ghosts and fairies – how believable is that? It works if you make it believable in the universe of the book.

6. Stick with it. You’ll be tempted to give up a thousand and one times. Don’t. Finish the story. Then work twice as hard to revise it.

7. And lastly: Ignore the rules. (Including mine.) I think the work comes out better when we leave all that behind; when the only thing to be true to is the writing.

Explore Jennifer’s Amazon page here where her seven novels reside.



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