beautiful young brunette woman writing in her diary on the  meadThere are so many times when I have thought to myself, “That would make a great idea for a book” or, “She would be a great character for my novel”.  The problem is, when I sit down to start writing a novel, my mind goes blank or I easily lose my train of thought.

To start and continue through with anything successfully, it can be helpful to follow steps and have a plan. If you are interested in how to start writing a novel, let’s take a look at 10 steps that you can take to get your writing juices flowing.

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Step 1:  Find Inspiration

For some people, the hard part about writing is finding the right inspiration.  Writing is a creative process, and you will have to tap into your creativity for this one.  The great thing about creativity is that it can come anywhere, and it does not always matter where you look.  Try to look for inspiration in even the simplest things, such as at a coffee shop, while you are in line at the grocery store, in try finding inspiration from some of your favorite writers.  You can even look to your past experiences for things that might be inspiring to you.

Step 2:  Pick A Genre

Picking a category that your novel falls into can be tough if you have not started it yet.  However, if you know where your novel is headed or what type of audience that you are going to gear your writing towards, then you should not have much of a problem.  Even if you have not yet chosen a genre, you might want to read a few books that fall into the categories that you are interested in.  This exposure will help give you an idea, as a writer, as to how you are going to go about constructing your novel according to its genre.  Here a few genres that you can consider exploring for novel writing:

Step 3:  Setting

After you decide on your genre, you will need to choose the setting for which your novel is going to take place.  When you pick a setting do not just pick a city or a house that your characters are going to spend time in.  Instead, develop a whole separate universe or world that your novel will take place.  The more detail that your novel has in terms of its surroundings, the sights, and the sounds –the more realistic your novel will be to your readers. To help you dream up an idea setting, trying considering a few different things, such as:

Step 4: Characters

Creating the characters for your novel can be the most exciting part.  There are many times I have had my characters in mind for a story before I actually thought out the rest of the storyline.  Here are some tips for creating characters for your novel:

Step 5:  Plot

When writing a novel, your story is going to need to have some type of conflict.  The conflict will climax and eventually will be resolved.  However, the ending of a novel does not always have to be a happy one.  The plot could simply act as a way to provide change and meaning to your novel.

Step 6:  Point of View

Blank notepad over laptop and coffee cup on office wooden tableDecide which type of view you want our novel to be in.  Novels are generally written in first or third person; however, your novel can take on any type of perspective that you wish.

Step 7:  Begin Your First Draft

Once you have all the above information in your mind, or at least in consideration, you can begin writing the first draft of you novel.  For any piece of writing, it is important to have a catchy opening line or first paragraph to keep your readers hooked and encourage them to keep reading.  Try not to get too caught up in the details of your novel; just start writing and allow your creative juice to flow.

Keep Writing

Once you start writing a novel, your work does not stop there.  You will need to work through to complete a few drafts and then proofread or revise your work.  Write a novel that you would want to read, and stick with it through the end.  Try this complete novel writing workshop today!

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