How To Start Your First Novel

So, you want to write a Novel, huh? Well, let’s get all that glam and glory out of the way right off the bat, let’s be real about a few things: it isn’t going to happen over night.

Yeah, it is exciting and you have this intense drive to absorb any and all knowledge you can; determined to bring this creation of yours into light. Fantastic! I’m all for it and all behind it. But tread carefully, this isn’t just you cranking out some blog post late at night (like what I’m doing now), this is a serious thing.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, and I’m gonna cut out all the bullshit and let you know exactly what you need to do to write that first novel.

  1. Get The Story Straight.
    This might come off as obvious to some, but to most and I mean most, it’s a blindside. Thinking up a story isn’t just throwing down a main character and giving them a journey. There’s side-characters, supporting characters, cities and languages for you fantasy folks, along with characteristics and behaviors; it can be overwhelming at first.
    This leads to a majority of people getting stumped on their first book. Sure, they get a couple of pages in during those high energy moments, but then they die out or write themselves into a corner. Don’t do that. Take some time, get yourself a pen and paper and start mapping out everything you intend to write. It’s tiresome in the moment, but when you’re cranking out those pages, it damn sure makes it a lot easier to have your own cheat sheet to the plot!
  2. Write. Write, write and write some more.
    Isn’t that just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard? Just keep on writing, it is simple and effective. Make yourself a promise: you’ll write a thousand words a day, or five hundred a day. Those add up, those add up and in a few months you got yourself a complete manuscript, ready to be distributed and ignored! But, maybe you’ll land lucky.
  3. Know Your Audience.
    People are different, this should be a given. Take your time and read through several books in the genre or niche you are trying to write for, see the tones and methods of the successful ones; learn what your audience likes, and whatever you put out, they’ll enjoy. Though, if you can’t enjoy the content yourself, you shouldn’t be writing it in the first place.
    That’s what separates the writers from the wanna-bes, confidence in yourself and an ability to target an audience.
  4. The Book is the easy part.
    You might not think it now, but believe me… the book is the easy part. What comes next is the terrifying tale of trying to find someone that likes your book enough to take some risk with it. There’s a whole series of steps, none of which happen overnight. Prepare for that, do some research on publishers or agents: find yourself someone that might be interested in what you have to offer.
    Everything that comes after the book is the real challenge, folks!
  5. Love your work.
    Love it. You put your heart and soul into it, so whether or not someone picks it up, or you make it to the big leagues: be proud of it, best or worst doesn’t matter. Writers just write, guys. Keep on writing.