Great Ideas New Writers Need To Know
If you have a love of writing, then it’s more than likely you have wondered if you might one day be able to write a novel. It’s said that there is a great novel in all of us especially new writers, so if you’ve always wanted to write a book, there’s no reason not to try.
However, the idea of wanting to write a book does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with knowing what you actually want to write. You can be a wonderful writer, but struggle hugely when it comes to the idea of forming a coherent plot and consistently writing it. If this is an issue for you, the ideas below might be able to inspire your imagination and prompt you into writing the great novel that you know you are capable of.
1) Write What You Know
One of the oldest pieces of advice regarding writing a novel is to write what you know. Write a fictionalized version of something you have experienced; an event you have lived through, or just an emotional moment from your life.
If you really want to push the idea of writing what you know, why not see if there is anything in a past life that might inspire your current mind? If you’re wondering how to find past lives, then the answer is relatively simple; past-life regression is the most common form and can provide you with a whole new level of understanding about the world. If you want to write historical fiction, then this is a particularly useful way of expanding the idea of “writing what you know”.
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2) Read Bad Writing
Nothing will make new writers more confident writer than reading you believe to be bad. Your mind will jump out at the errors, the problems, the inconsistencies; and you’ll feel more confident about the idea of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) as a result.
There are plenty of lists online detailing the worst novels of all time, which can help shape the way you want to write and how you want to formulate a plot. Sometimes, it’s as helpful to know what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you do.
3) Challenge Yourself To Keep Consistency
When you start writing, the most difficult thing you have to do is persuading yourself to keep going. Writer’s block can strike anyone at any time and can mean that you never fully get the novel you feel you are capable of writing.
You can do a version of NaNoWriMo to keep yourself honest; writing around 1,800 words per day, every day. Or you could use a tool like Write Or Die, which encourages you to keep going if you pause between words for too long. It’s better to have something you ultimately need to edit than it is to have nothing at all.
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The above should help new writers get started on making your dreams of writing a novel a reality. Why not give them a go, and see what you’re able to produce?