WHO? (Name the characters.)
WHAT? (Describe what they're doing.)
WHERE? (Describe the setting of the story.)
WHY? (Tell the reader what motivates the characters.)
WHEN? (Describe the time it takes place.)
HOW? (Tell us how the characters accomplish their goals.
funny, but i am reading, " islands in the stream" by earnest hemingway, and am i wrong, or is he telling people , ---how to be professional writer, ---or ---a good writer, -----all of the way through the "bimini" part of the book?
Read a lot. Don't expect that your first novel will be any good. Don't be surprised or disappointed if it doesn't meet expectations. Forget about publishing it until it's been finished and polished.
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Well.... if you want to begin a novel, you have to make sure you have a well thought out plot. It can start as an idea but then you'd have to think about what things can you add to make the plot more interesting and stuff like that. After that, what works best for me is always writing out a plan before I begin to write. I make two plans. One plan is a brief that outlines everything that should happen vaguely and then the other plan is a chapter by chapter synopsis to make sure before I begin, I know which things I need to write and I can perfect the effect of it (if ugm). Then the only thing left to do... is just write. If you're considering to even begin a novel, then I'm pretty sure you have the basics of writing covered anyway. Make sure the plot is something you feel passionate or something you would like to see come alive. If not, then it would be hard to continue a novel as you'll lose interest or get a bad case of writer's block.
I know it probably won't but I hope this helped <3
research your potential publishers and their demographics before you start planning writing. knowing what a publishing house is after will give you an edge when they are comparing your manuscript to 100 others. Even the first harry potter book went through a slew of publishers before one gave it a chance, and this was because its didnt fit with what any of the publishers were comfortable with.
also, decide on a clear target audience, as this will make marketing easier. if you want to be succesfull, marketing is key. publishers are unlikely to pick something that is difficult to market. i know my advice is more business oriented rather than creatively, but lots of people can write creatively. where most people fail is not knowing how to sell their creativity.
Read often, learn your craft, and don't be in a rush to get published. I see too many young and/or new writers in this forum who want to rush the process and be published authors with their first novel. It takes time to hone your craft. Also, be open to criticism, particularly constructive criticism that allows you to learn and grow as a writer. You're going to make a sh*t ton of mistakes in the beginning but if you're willing to learn from those mistakes you'll be fine.