The Dawn of (Novel) Creation

How do you begin the daunting task of writing your first novel? Before you begin putting pen to paper, consider these few words of advice:

Make sure you set aside a regular time to write, every day if possible. Set some goals, like, “I’ll set aside at least ninety minutes at least three days a week.” or “I’ll try to write a minimum of 1000 words every time I write.”

Find a place that’s comfortable (but not so much that you’ll fall asleep) and free of distractions.

Then your real work begins. Decide how you will organize your writing. Should you create an outline or just wing it? This is one of the hotly debated topics in the writing community. Here’s what some of the greatest writers of all time have to say.

“I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.”

~ J. K. Rowling

So one of the all-time best-selling authors seems to take a bit of a middle ground. J.K believes you should plan, but only to a degree. But there are other writers who strongly disagree.

“Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters’ theses.”

~ Stephen King

Harsh words from Mr. King! The truth is, it’s your novel, your ideas, and your decision. By all means, listen to the wisdom of these great authors. Just don’t assume it’s wisdom meant for you.

What words of advice would you like to share with budding authors?

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