5th June 2018 at 9:40 am #24137
This week’s newsletter is all about novel writing. My top three tips from trying (and often failing) at writing novels are:
– Don’t be afraid to write a lot of crap
– Don’t be afraid to write more than one novel
– Don’t be afraid to completely change your story
What are yours? Share below!
5th June 2018 at 5:11 pm #24190
Don’t give up the day job…
5th June 2018 at 7:11 pm #24199
Most definitely agree with the first point – don’t be afraid to write a lot of crap. Just get on with it, don’t procrastinate and then you can sort it out afterwards.
Oh and find a soundproofed room with lockable doors, no internet connection and a hatch that provides a constant stream of caffeine or alcohol related refreshments…
5th June 2018 at 7:51 pm #24200
Find a writing time that stays in place and can’t be disturbed, however short or long the spell. It belongs to your story world.
7th June 2018 at 6:24 am #24312
Was it Hemingway that said “write drunk, edit sober”? Probably.
Take the spirit behind the sentiment and just go for that first Dirty Draft! It’s the story that counts. Everything else can be fixed. I wasted far too much time fussing over the first 1000 words of my first novel and almost lost the story. Second time around, the confidence of having a rough draft on which to build is immeasurable.
7th June 2018 at 2:57 pm #24398
Keep reading novelists you enjoy to refresh your enthusiasm.
6th January 2019 at 9:42 am #77571
P. E. RempelParticipant
I’d have to say that new novelists should figure out if outlines work for them or not. I lost a lot of time writing without using one. At practically every turn, the story I was working on would grow tentacles and shoot off in a multitude of directions. Some think outlines aren’t creative and that they kill spontaneity, but I haven’t found this to be true at all. Obviously, this bit of advice falls under the rubric of finding out what works for you. There is no one way to write, it’s very personal. ‘Nuff said.
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