Who hasn’t thought of being a writer at some point in there life? A deep, mind-blowing story that’s waiting to burst its way onto our computer screen, and hell maybe even the “silver screen”-right? Isn’t that what many of us picture when we grab our fresh cub of coffee, throw on the “easy listening”, and stare at our computer screen for what can seem like hours? Becoming a writer, like most professions (or hobbies) doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes true patience and perseverance to spin out line after line. Writing is re-writing, and coming up with your first draft is only the beginning!
That being stated, here are a few tips that can help you map out a simple process for writing your novel:
Decide On The Genre Of Your Novel -What’s your favorite type of book to read? Romance, Sci-fi, Adventure, Autobiographies? Take a look at your bookshelf (or Audible list) and see what genres you tend to gravitate to. It may also help you to create a list of 5 top ideas for novels that you’ve thought of in the past. If you find that there’s an underlying subject matter that sticks out within that list…bingo! Which brings us to the next tip.
Mindmap Different Ideas – Try opening up the possibilities by creating lists of 7-10 different ideas or concepts for a novel. Think about what inspires you, but more importantly how you actually receive inspiration. Is it through various forms of media, your friends and family, or perhaps even everyday fantasizing on the way to work? Inspiration is ALL around us-try to jot down ideas when it hits you.
Map Out A Great Storyline – Once you’ve decided on a story create an outline of the story’s introduction, climax, and ending. Keep in mind that this is just to get your creative juices going. Think about your main character and their story. From there, consider any additional characters and their roles within your story. Where do you want everyone to be in the end? Is there a message that you’d like embedded in the story? Mapping out a story is undoubtedly the most challenging part of the writing process, as it can be very creatively taxing. If it takes you some time to develop an outline that you love, it’s ok-it’s all a part of the creative process.
Create A First Draft – So here you are. You have your story idea, your characters, and you’re ready to put it all together. You’ve purchased the latest version of Final Draft and your fingers are moving faster than ever. When writing your draft be sure to set up note organized notes for random ideas that may pop up while your writing. Also, step away from it for 15-20 minutes to allow yourself moments to have mental breaks and perhaps a snack or drink. Remember, writing IS re-writing, and a draft is just that…a draft. Don’t be discouraged when you feel like you’ve made so many changes that its seems like a completely new story. Writing has a way of changing direction that way.