This week I wanted to share some of the tips that have helped me with my writing. Since November is NaNoWriMo, this is perfect time to focus on the novel you’re currently working on, and try to get it done. Hopefully, these tips will make writing your novel, a little easier.
Outline Your Novel
There was a time when I hated—and I mean hated—outlining anything, especially a book I was working on. I felt like it was a waste of time. The time I was spending on the outline, was time I could have spent just writing the book! But, as I became older, I began to appreciate outlines. Now, I outline all of my books, from simple cut-and-dry outlines, to detailed outlines. You have to use whichever method works for you. Working without an outline, is like driving from New York to L.A without a roadmap. Sure, you know you need to head west, but which route will get you there the fastest? For some of my books, I simply wrote the number or title of the chapter, and a sentence or two describing the main events that needed to take place on that chapter. When I started doing this, I realized, the entire book was practically done. I already had the foundation for each chapter mapped out, and all that was left to do, was fill in the gaps with some details and dialogue.
Writing a novel should be enjoyable, not stressful. It’s okay to set a deadline, and it’s also okay not to meet that deadline. If you haven’t finished your novel by the end of November, the world will not come crashing to an end. Pace yourself. I have found, when I rush through my writing, my writing turns into crap. Plus, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Take your time, and write the best story you can possibly write.
Don’t Be Afraid to Collaborate
The writing community is filled with amazing writers with a variety of talent. Don’t be afraid to reach out for encouragement, advice, or help with editing.
I’m constantly reading books that fit into whatever genre I’m currently writing. This includes magazines as well. For Our Lady, I read books on the history of punk rock, and punk related magazines such as Alternative Press. For The Witch of Fulton Lane, I’m reading books about witchcraft and studying tarot cards. It doesn’t hurt to read books related to what you’re writing. It may even inspire you.
I hope this helps. Until next week…