Writing a novel isn’t easy. There are many steps to the process. And beginning a novel is the first one…well actually, it’s the first phase, made up of a bunch of steps!
- Get a notebook to write notes. You can scribble anything you want to in this book, but you must keep it organized. Have a section for the story-line, a section for characters, a section for laying out the chapters, and so on. This helps you keep a focus on the overall story-line. Remember however, that some of this information may change, which is fine. You just need a direction.
- Type up your chapter layout. Once you have figured out how your story will flow, type it up. Again, this will likely change, but you have to start with something. Just remember to revise this whenever you switch things around.
- Start typing up the chapters. You may not be able to write all the chapters in order. If you can, that’s awesome, but oftentimes I skip to the chapters that I’ve already thought out.
That’s how you start!
If you’re struggling to get your novel on paper, all I can say to you is, stop worrying about it and start laying it out.
Remember too that every writer is different. Everyone has their own method. This is what works for me. If you don’t have a method, try this and adjust accordingly.
God bless you all in your endeavors!
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