Much like learning to ride a bike, the best way to learn how to write a novel is by just doing it. It requires good doses of commitment and perseverance. This post will break up the 15 major steps of writing a novel into bite-sized pieces, organized in three categories — before, during, and after you write your manuscript. Those steps are as follows:.
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The first few pages of any novel are crucial to its success. A brilliant opening line like 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again' can hook your reader and draw them directly into your story. Too much scene setting can bog things down when most readers like to get straight to the heart of the story. But while you are getting a book started you will likely find that you return to the opening pages over and over again, polishing them so hard and bright that they end up rather inert and lifeless. A good tactic is to forget about the beginning until you get to the end; many writers find that they have to get to the end of a book before they can write the beginning.
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Are you dreaming of writing a book sometime in the future? Could be the year you take it from thought to action? A book is the new fastest way to get your message out, share value about your company, and give others the gift of learning what you know. I just wrote a book in four months, and you could do the same. I had no idea if I could write a book in just 16 weeks.
In this lively and fun course, author and mentor Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. During the past two decades, Steve has helped more than 30, aspiring writers structure their stories, and many are now in print. You can be next! Books by your instructor, Steve Alcorn. Or you maybe you've finished your manuscript are shocked to find it simply lacks the pizzazz that'll put it on the bestseller list.