Five steps to follow in writing a novel

Writing a book is no easy task, it is a complex process which involves planning, discipline, and time. Writing your first book can get tricky because it is not always obvious where you should start from. Here are five steps you can follow when writing your book.

1.       Plan your book

It’s tricky to decide exactly what you want to write about. Choose your topic first; for example do you want to write a fantasy, literary or business book? Identify your target group, are you writing for children or adults? If you are writing for children, what age group are you aiming at? You will probably not have a clear vision of exactly what you want your book to be like when it is finished, but getting an idea in your head is the best way of starting.

2.       Design the world and characters.

Let’s say you’ve decided to write a fantasy book. Start with composing the world you want to create, will it have elements of reality? How will the people look? What will this fantasy world be like? What will the map of your new world look like? Where will your characters go? Who are the characters? What are they like? Design a portfolio for each character, you must know exactly what their personalities are like, how they look, what they do, what their biography is.

3.       Design the storyline.

Again, this isn’t easy, and most writers are unsure of exactly how the plotline will unfold until they have written the first five chapters of their novel. However, when you start writing your novel make sure that you have a vision of what you want your story to be about, even if you are unsure how it is going to end or what the climax of the story is going to be.

4.       Write the book.

So now that you have an idea of your fantasy world and the plot, it’s time for the hardest part: sitting down and actually writing the book. This takes a lot of discipline, time and motivation. The more you have an idea of how you would like your book to unfold, the easier it will be to write it. If you do not, it is not fatal; oftentimes the plot reveals itself as you write each scene.

5.       Editing.

The final step is proofreading and editing your book over and over again. This is where you polish your book and turn it into a piece worthy of publication. You can even let some of your friends and relatives read the book before you send it off as they might notice mistakes you haven’t spotted.

(This is a post by our new intern Ivelina Dineva)

(Image by Meul (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons)


5 Responses to “Five steps to follow in writing a novel”

  1. María says:

    What a terribly stupid and dull post! It doesn’t say anything innovative. If a writer can’t create a decent article, how can he or she give proper advice on writing a decent novel!

  2. Very nice site, and good information.

  3. fishy says:

    easier said than done my friend haha. i got only 30 pages of mine so far :P have a lot to do

  4. Hunter Boyette says:

    I thinks it’s a great post! Great job Ivelina!

  5. AlinOz says:

    I have always fond that – you must act on the prompt. The idea comes, then write like crazy – waffle if you will. You’ve got it down on paper. Then go for broke and refine it. Oh! and don’t forget a small recording device, or notebook to capture those ideas.
    Good debut, Ivelina.

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