Writing a novel

Article by: NeilOstroff

Summary

What it's like to write.

Content

Submitted: March 22, 2013

A A A | A A A

Content

Submitted: March 22, 2013

A A A

A A A


Do you know if you write a page a day that within one year you will have written a book? How many times have I heard that one? If that one book takes a year to write then the revision process would have to take many years. Truth is, writing a first draft is the easy part.

 

I can usually belt one out in a few months. But the revision; forgetta’bout it. That’s the time consuming stuff, though I am getting better at it as I get older (and hopefully wiser). I’m also getting better as a writer. Ideas come more easily after so many years of living in my ideas and the process of getting them on paper is less time-consuming.

 

For my new novel, I’m finding the plot twists are coming naturally and I’ve had quite a few ‘aha!’ moments in the last few days. Here’s a little secret about starting a new novel. Don’t worry about the perfect first chapter or getting that perfect first line. Just start jotting down the story. Through most of my books, I’ve completed about half of the novel when I usually go back and write new intro’s that incorporate the original intro’s, if that makes any sense.

 

For instance, I thought I had the perfect intro for my latest. A shocking, get-right-into-the-action first chapter, when a few hours ago I came up with a much better start. My original beginning is now chapter two. But, that intro catapulted me into the story so I could build a base. As of this post, I hit the 15,000 word mark on my new novel and have a pile of notes about how the novel will progress. Now, it’s just the nuts and bolts of getting the remainder down on paper.

 

My blog: http://www.neilostroff.blogspot.com


© Copyright 2016 NeilOstroff. All rights reserved.

Writing a novel Writing a novel

Status: Finished

Genre: Fan Fiction

Houses:

Details

Status: Finished

Genre: Fan Fiction

Houses:

Summary

What it's like to write.

Add Your Comments:

Add picture

Paste the link to picture in the entry below:

— or —

Drag a picture from your file manager into this box,
or click to select.

Add video

Paste the link to Youtube video in the following entry:

Existing Comments:
Bad selection

Cannot annotate a non-flat selection. Make sure your selection starts and ends within the same node.

(example of bad selection): This is bold text and this is normal text.
(example of good selection): This is bold text and this is normal text.
Bad selection

An annotation cannot contain another annotation.

Anonymous
Really delete this comment?
Anonymous
Really delete this comment?

There was an error uploading your file.


    
Anonymous