Any tips for someone who wants to become a writer and begin their first novel?

20 Answers

  • Dj2541
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Tip. "it was a dark and stormy night..................."

  • 8 months ago

    the procrastinator never writes a book. So GL haha

  • 8 months ago

    Some would say, don't go into that job at all, because you literally NEVER get paid at all.

    While that's almost completely true, ignore those people. Because, it's a legitimate career, and there are ways to make sure that you DO get paid.

    My advice is, write at least 25 books, not just one. Not even five or ten. Write a minimum of 25 books.

    Also, once you are already a published author, you could see if you can write for a newspaper (even though newspapers practically don't exist anymore). Find a newspaper that's online now, and not still in the traditional paper form. They might still be around for a while. Put "Published Author," and the year that your first book was published "to present" on your resume, if / when you do apply for that job.

    Do book talks at book stores around the country.

    Write about what you are passionate about, or anything that you have something to say about. That way, it will be easier to write the book, and the book will have substance, meat, and proper length, as well as a purpose.

    Don't let one "no" from a publishing company stop you from writing. Keep trying until a publishing company says "yes." If ALL of them tell you no, that's why there's the option of self publishing. Once your book is successful enough, the publishing companies will see that they should have told you yes. Even if it's self published, you can still put on your resume that you are a published author.

    Always copyright your work before submitting anything to anyone. That way, your work will truly be your, legally. If you don't, someone else will. Most likely publishing companies. If they don't, individual people will.

    Write out how you want the book to go before writing the final version. You don't have to write the book repeatedly. Just an outline of what you want to do, or various notes, or topics in the book, or quotes you want to put in the book, or things like that.

    That's some tips.

  • 8 months ago

    1. Read

    2. Join a Write's Group

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  • 8 months ago

    - Read a lot if you haven't already. Mostly your intended genre, but anything you can get your hands on. Don't worry about ripping off other writers. Everything you read will influence you, but if you read a lot, the influence of any one thing will be too small to be obvious.

    - Write something every day, even if it's only a sentence. If you can't commit to that much, you might want to re-evaluate your priorities. You don't absolutely have to write every day, but try not to go more than a few days without writing. Whatever you do, don't kid yourself that you're only allowed to write when you're inspired. You can always find a reason why you're not inspired, or not inspired enough. Any novel takes much longer to write than any bout of inspiration will last.

    - Some people will say you have to write an outline to the level of what colour socks the characters wear each day. Some will say you must open your mind to the characters and let them tell you the story while you run along after them. They're both right, and both wrong. The only way to write a novel is the one that works for you.

    - Be prepared to edit the first draft and throw most or even all of it away. Sometimes the first draft is just you telling the story to yourself so you can figure out what the story actually is.

    - At some point (though not before you have a substantial part of the first draft), show the story to people who you think are better writers than you. Use what they tell you to make the story better, but don't start editing what you've already got before you finish the first draft. That's a recipe for never finishing, because there's always something you can do to make the story better.

    Don't even think about publishing until the complete book has been read by people who aren't related to you, and when you mention publishing, they say you should try for it.

    Good luck, and remember it's supposed to be fun, at least some of the time.

  • 8 months ago

    Sit down, plan out your basic plot, then start writing.

    Your first draft is NOT your finished product.

    Don't get hung up with trying to make it 100% perfect from square one. This is what rewrites are for.

    Dump half the adjectives.

  • 8 months ago

    Start by writing short stories. A short story is a complete writing but it takes a fraction of the time that a novel does, yet you get the experience of completing a creation.

    Another possibility is to do like Dickens and write each chapter as a complete story, but with sequels to be expected.

    Read a lot of good writing. Know your grammar. Only when you have mastered grammar can you credibly make exceptions to the rule.

    Keep writing.

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Here's a tip: If you haven't read at least 100 novels, put off attempting to write one until you have.

  • 8 months ago

    Be well read and keep reading

    Learn the craft (including editing)

    Write every day

    Learn the Market

  • 8 months ago

    Read a lot

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