5 Tips to Starting Your Novel!
Follow these easy steps to starting your novel and be ready for all upcoming Writing Contests and Opportunities such as Pitch Wars (Re-Opening for submissions in September)!!
5 Tips/5 Steps
- Decide on a plot
- Choose a setting
- Determine and Distinguish characters
- Work out timelines & major details by outline your story by acts
- Work out all smaller details with a Chapter-by-Chapter Outline
The Breakdown ~
♦ Deciding on a plot includes:
Determining your book’s genre and sub-genre(s) (Thriller, YA, NA, Contemporary, Horror, Romance, Period, etc.)
Age group (NA, YA, MG, etc.)
Story length (Novel, Novelette, Short Story, etc.)
♦ Choosing a setting includes:
World building (Is this a fantasy realm? Is it a place that exists? Where is it? What are it landmarks? What is its culture/demographics? What does it sound like what does it smell like? How do your main characters feel about living here?)
♦ Determined & Distinguish Characters:
Who are your main characters (At the least, you need to understand a little bit about who your main characters are. Supporting characters can be created right now or later on as you move on to outlining the story either way, what ever your inspiration leads you to do!)
What are your character’s Motives?
Relationship to the plot?
♦ Work out timelines & major details by outline your story by acts:
Act One ~ should be the establishing act establish your characters important details about their lives, the obstacles and challenges in their lives,
Act Two ~ The characters begin to address and react to the challenge or obstacle in their lives and form deeper bounds or go into greater conflict with other characters
Act Three ~ The climax of the story and the effects of it concludes the story…or leads to a cliff hanger ending
♦ Work out all smaller details with a Chapter-by-Chapter Outline:
Create a chapter by chapter outline, treatment, or story summary in order to lay the entire story out to yourself and give yourself a great chance to keep your story consistent in details, flowing without lulls, and nuanced without excessive unnecessary chapters and descriptions!
Start writing! Begin with the prologue or the opening lines.
*You may need to write your Prologue after you end the story if you intend to use Foreshadowing from the very first lines of your book!
~ The Novelette