Writing a novel is a dream for many a writer. And why not? Writing a novel not only allows you to reach new heights of creativity but also allows you to share your work with the rest of the world. There is also potential to make a lot of money out of your novel. But writing a novel is not as easy as it may appear. This is because making a novel takes a great deal of work and determination. So if you truly want to succeed as an author and make your own novel, you will need to have a good strategy on writing your novel. Here are 7 highly effective ways to plan out your novel.
Before you even get started on writing a book, you should have a brainstorming session. Take the time to think things through. Don’t rush into the writing process. Ask yourself first. What do I want to write about? What am I interested in? Can I stay motivated and pull through despite the potential obstacles in my way? Remember that the book writing process is an arduous one and you should have your priorities straight.
When you are picking your topic you should make sure that you are knowledgeable about it and most importantly you are interested in it. Don’t rely too much on trends because they change very fast. It is better to write a novel that you are truly confident in rather than follow the current trends.
- Make a rough draft
It always pays to make a rough draft of your novel before you start on the writing process. By making a rough draft you are technically making a blue print of your novel. It also makes the writing process so much more systematized. The rough draft does not need to be a long one. It can be written like a short summary of your novel. That way once you do get started on your novel you will have a guide to consult.
- Make memorable characters
When it comes to writing a novel there are few things more important than creating memorable characters. You can have the best plot ever but if your characters are all badly written, then your novel will not make an impact with your readers. This is because readers always relate to the characters whenever they read a book. When making your characters always make sure that they have a back story. This will give a whole new dimension to them and make them more believable. This backstory should include the character’s role in the story, motivation and effect on the overall story. By doing so you will be able to avoid inconsistencies in the storyline.
- Create realistic dialogue
Another thing that readers really pay attention to is the dialogue between the characters. This is because great dialogue is very entertaining to read and it can set the stage for most of your book’s main events. This is why you should make your dialogue as realistic and witty as possible. Readers want dialogue that draw them further into the story. Avoid overly long monologues and unnecessary words. Keep the dialogue short and concise. That way your readers won’t get distracted by overly complex sentence compositions and keep their focus on the dialogue taking place.
- Research your chosen topic thoroughly
Before you begin the writing process it is extremely important that you do as much research as possible. Be it historical adventure or a high fantasy novel, you will still have to do your research. Take for example the renowned historical adventure author Bernard Cornwell. He has written a huge collection of historical adventure books that tackled various wars in history. But before he writes these books he does a thorough research on the era of these wars and the various events, people and weapons used in each conflict. And because of this research he was able to create a revered book series. So if you want to make a truly complete novel, you will have to take your research work seriously.
- Plan out your scenes in advance
The same way you plan out your characters in advance you should also make sure that your scenes are already prepared before you begin writing your novel. So make a detailed blueprint for each scene. And each scene should show these details. What is happening in the scene? Where is the scene located? From which character’s point of view is it told from? And how will this scene affect the overall storyline? By having a blueprint for each scene you can keep track of the story transition and any changes that you make in the future.
- Get started!
Now that you have everything ready, you can get started on writing your novel. All the prep work was for this moment. All the brainstorming sessions, characters and research is all for this very purpose. Now it is all up to you to create the best novel possible. Once you get started on the book writing process your skills will be sorely tested. There will be times that you will find it hard to write, your time and your resources will be tied up with your novel. But always remember that it will all be worth it in the end. This is the time where your mettle as a writer will be tested, and all that separates you from success or failure is your determination and skills as a writer.