Writing

The Ultimate Guide To Writing A Novel

Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, here are some things to keep in mind as you write that novel.

This isn’t an ultimate guide by any means. Just some bad advice from an aspiring writer.

  • Take it word by word. Don’t worry about the 10,000th word or the 100,000th word. Think about the next one.
  • Edit later. Writing is hard enough as it is. Stop making the creative process harder for yourself. Besides, you can always fix your mistakes later.
  • Use good tools. If you prefer pen and paper, pick something that writes well. If you prefer typing, choose the word processor you like best. You don’t have to break the bank, but your tool needs to do its job.
  • Write the scene you want. Feel free to jump around from the beginning to the ending to the middle.
  • Enjoy yourself. Play your favourite songs. Have a drink nearby. Grab a snack or ten.
  • Live a little. Actually, live a lot. Go outside. Experience the world so you’re able to tell rich stories. You can’t shut yourself inside all day and night.
  • Have good posture. Your future self will thank you.
  • Keep your mind open. Don’t shoot down your ideas right away. Sometimes the craziest idea turns out better than you could ever imagine.
  • Challenge yourself. You’re capable of accomplishing far more than you give yourself credit for.
Writing

A Guide To Becoming A Better Writer

Because we can all be better writers. 

Be clear.

Picking the right word or phrase will do wonders for your prose. 

Be simple.

Don’t over-complicate when you can simplify instead. 

Have goals.

Especially small ones. 

Outline.

At least have a plan or an idea of what you’re trying to do. 

Be conversational. 

Using contractions isn’t the end of the world. 

Break grammar rules within reason.

Learn them first. 

Let your personality shine.

You’re a human being, not a machine, so write like one. 

Read your work aloud.

You could even enlist the help of someone else.  

Do your research.

You don’t know everything about everything. 

Never assume.

Don’t assume your readers know everything or nothing.

Reduce prepositional phrases.

Try not to have too many in one sentence. 

Delete filler words.

Find them and get rid of the ones you rely on way too much. 

Keep practicing.

Writing often makes you a better writer.

Being better at writing takes work, but it’s worth the time and effort.