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Writing a first draft of a novel: 9 tips for carrying out your project Posted Jun 19, 2019

You know why you are writing. You have found a theme and have undertaken the necessary research to complete your project. Your characters are described on appropriate cards, your protaganists and antagonists as well as hopefully some supporting players. You have made a plan (or not). You know what type of narrator you want to use.

As you surely know, it will be impossible for me to reveal the secrets of such subtle art as fiction in one blog post. Writing is learned with practice, and even if I broke your ears for 10 hours with theory, you probably would not remember much. I repeat: the only way to improve is by sitting in front of your computer and injecting words into your document. As easy as you can buy an essay for cheap, you can hire some writing services online to help you with your project.

The only way to improve is by sitting in front of your computer and injecting words into your document.

Otherwise, the best I can do is give you 9 loose tips, inspired by mistakes and weaknesses that I see regularly in the manuscripts I receive:

  • Have a punchy first sentence: Many readers judge stories with their first sentence. Arrange for it to be flawless. It should also carry the theme of your book.
  • Use paragraphs: How many times have I seen pages containing a single block of text without paragraph breaks? Air your text. Paragraphs are tools in your arsenal, use them.
  • Format your dialog correctly: There are several ways to approach them. Choose one and keep this formula until the end. To learn more about dialog formatting, I have an article dedicated to the subject.
  • Give details: You are in the novel, not in the literary novel. You have space: use it. Describe the environment, the noises, the smells. Let us discover the intimate life of your hero or heroine.
  • Stay consistent: If your character had blue eyes on page 5, they should not turn brown on page 67. In the same way, if one of your protagonists was portrayed as a dirty egocentric, it would be unnatural for him to proof of a blind generosity in the middle of your story without first experiencing a transformative experience.
  • Present a credible story: If there are too many accidental chances or scenes "arranged by the guy of the views", we will win.
  • Do not take the reader for a con: You do not necessarily need to reveal everything to your reader. He can deduce some things by himself, if you put the right clues in place.
  • Find a work routine: Try to write each day, even if it's only to insert a handful of words into your manuscript.
  • Keep reading: Even if you write, do not stop reading. Continue to enrich your own literary culture with the works of others. This is the best way to evolve as an author.

2 books to read to improve you

If you wish to deepen your knowledge on the Romanesque writing, I can recommend you these two works which will give you a big help:

On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (v. From On writing: A Memoir of the Craft): If you had only one book to read, it would be that one. Half biography, half essay on writing, the King of Horror shares the secrets of his craft with great wisdom. It is almost always the first book that professionals recommend to aspiring writers.

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein: Essay on writing with very concrete tips and strategies. Sol Stein is a literary director with solid experience behind him. He knows how to improve a novel and will show you how. This is without a doubt one of the books that has influenced me most in my work.

Hopefully my experience can help you.

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