Do you ever think you want to write a novel? Do you have thoughts to share or a story growing in the back of your mind? Are there characters so real in your imagination, that you know how they’d respond in a given situation? Maybe places you go feel like scenes in your story. If so, maybe you’ve wondered how to get organized, get started, or make your dream of writing a novel become reality.
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but after writing multiple full length novels and publishing two through different publishers, I have some information about my experience that I’m willing to share. There are things I’ve learned the hard way, things I wish I’d known when I started years ago.
There are many ways to write and many options to publish, but it all starts with the story. Do you have a story line fully formed with a beginning, a middle and an end? Or maybe you have a group of characters that are bugging you to become a story. In my case, some of my books sprang from a need to write about my experiences. Writing was a way to analyze what I’d been through and share it with others.
No matter where you’re at in story development process, start getting your ideas on paper. Scribbled notes can become a story, or a spread sheet, even a little notebook tucked in your purse will help you organize your thoughts. My ideas come at times I can’t type them out, like when I'm walking the dog, so I put them in my phone notes or a keep a notebook handy. I tend to be very visual and once I have a group of ideas together I can begin to piece them into some sort of order.
Using an outline is vital for me to create a story. Once I have some ideas collected I start to lay out the storyline. Sometimes I realize my idea is too simple, but usually, once I begin to lay it all out, I see that it’s a bit tangled and needs to be cleaned up. Just remember that if you can’t get your story to make sense, neither will a reader.
In upcoming blogs I’ll write about outlines, storylines, character development, grammar, editing and even publishing. I’d love to hear your ideas and input as well you experiences. Let’s write!