How To Prepare Yourself For Writing A Novel

By on October 29, 2018
How To Prepare Yourself For Writing A Novel - Writer's

We all know that setting out to write a novel is a massive challenge, regardless of the type of book you are trying to write. So many would-be authors never manage to realize their dream of finishing a novel because they underestimate just how much time and energy it takes to complete one.

However, if you take the time to prepare and plan for writing your novel, you have a much better chance of getting to the finish line. A little bit of organization and a clear strategy on how to approach the novel writing process can make all the difference.

So how can you prepare yourself for writing a novel?

Focus on the materials you need and where you’ll write

Whether you prefer writing using pen and paper or you work straight on a computer, you need to make sure you have the right materials to get writing. Working out where you can write is also helpful. You need a space that keeps you focused and motivated, that minimizes distractions and where you won’t get interrupted. The ideal writing space is very different for individual writers. Some like to work in complete silence in a de-cluttered room. Others prefer being surrounded by notebooks stuffed with thoughts and ideas and want to write in the hustle and bustle where sounds, smells and sights all help to inspire them.

Create a writing routine

Every writer knows that it is essential to have a good writing routine. Doing so will mean that writing becomes part of your everyday life and is as natural as brushing your teeth or eating lunch. A writing routine makes writing become a habit so try to write at the same sort of time every day and set aside a chunk of dedicated writing time so you can feel as though you are making progress. Make your work schedule easy to stick to but ambitious at the same time.

Set goals and deadlines

To progress you need to decide when you want to finish your novel. Be realistic but think about the end game. Once you’ve decided on this, you can work backward and create practical, time-bound goals to help you get there. Goal setting for writers is so important and keeps them motivated and on track to succeed.

Be clear on the purpose of your book

Before you start writing your story, it is essential to understand your reasons for doing so. Find some time to write down the reasons you are doing this, make sure you are as clear and precise as possible. Having clearly defined reasons to look back to will help you stay determined to get to the end.

Do your research and create an outline

Preparing for writing a novel is all about proper research. Starting to do any research before you write gives you lots of great material and also makes sure that the story you write is factually correct. Writing an outline helps you realize the vision for your book, and also to flesh out the details of what is going to happen and when. A good framework will leave you feeling confident and prepared that your story has legs and is compelling and engaging enough to be told.

By following the steps above you will feel as prepared as you can be for the vast undertaking that is creating a novel, all you’ve got to do now is, well, write it!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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