A Beginners Guide To Writing A Novel

A Beginners Guide To Writing A Novel



No one is​ born a​ novel writer. But do you believe that we​ all have the​ capability to​ be writers? Impossible as​ it​ may seem but the​ answer is​ yes! if​ we​ have the​ passion for it​ and if​ we​ strive to​ make it​ happen,​ novelwriting can be as​ easy as​ writing ABC. Writing is​ actually not a​ very complicated thing. it​ is​ just like drawing,​ painting,​ and even cooking. it​ is​ an​ art! Your imagination is​ all that it​ takes to​ get it​ started. What makes it​ hard is​ not writing itself but how people make it​ hard than it​ really is.

The first key to​ writing a​ novel is​ the​ ability to​ dream and imagine. Think back to​ when you were a​ little child and dreamed. Your imagination took you to​ places you've never been before. it​ made you do things you never thought you could do. Having superpowers...being in​ strange places...the conditions are limitless. Writing a​ novel is​ actually imagination translated into words. You close your eyes and let your thoughts drift while creating a​ web of​ consequential ideas. Afterwhich,​ you write them down on​ paper.

The second key to​ writing is​ formulating the​ premise of​ your novel. Let's say you'd start with a​ huge asteroid moving about in​ space. Then suddenly it​ collided with another asteroid and instantly created an​ explosion. Some of​ the​ explosion's debris fell down into the​ earth's atmosphere. By accident a​ person comes in​ contact with it. These sequence of​ events could be your initial start in​ which you let your mind take hold of​ and run with to​ produce the​ succeeding events.

The third key would be creating a​ stream of​ spontaneous ideas. Once you have the​ initial idea,​ sink down into it​ and allow yourself to​ be completely absorbed. Let's say after the​ person comes in​ contact with the​ asteroid debris,​ he gains supernatural powers! And then he notices some new changes in​ his being,​ not just physically but also emotionally and psychologically. This is​ where an​ avalanche of​ new ideas start coming in. You will notice that you are no longer directing your story but your story is​ directing you. That makes writing now so easy. You don't need to​ analyze anything because the​ story now starts to​ play like a​ movie. All you have to​ do is​ put them into words as​ the​ story plays in​ your head.

Next,​ make sure you are able to​ retain your daydreaming and concentration as​ one event goes after another. This state is​ now called the​ "alpha state". According to​ Judith Tramayne-Barth,​ this is​ the​ place between consciousness and sleep. Time stands still when you are in​ this state. Words keep coming to​ you until you start to​ feel pain in​ your legs and in​ your waist and then you suddenly flick consciousness and you become flabbergasted because you've not only written one or​ two pages but five or​ more without even knowing it!

The next key would be to​ practice flipping in​ and out of​ the​ "alpha state". You can do this by rereading what you've written and internalizing it​ as​ if​ it​ was your first time. it​ might take you time,​ as​ much as​ hours or​ even days before you are able to​ go to​ your "alpha state" again but once you're adept at​ going into the​ zone,​ it​ would only be a​ matter of​ minutes before you start writing a​ new dialogue.

So,​ you've finished your story! Now it's time to​ do the​ final touch-ups. There is​ still one last thing that you need to​ do. Yea,​ you guessed it. You need to​ check the​ entire story again for spelling,​ punctuations,​ grammar,​ correct word usage and coherence. You might even need to​ revise it​ a​ few times before you are able to​ arrive with the​ final output. But don't fret,​ it's not much work really compared to​ writing the​ entire novel. What's important is​ you now have your own novel,​ written by yourself,​ using your very own imagination. How much more proud could you get?




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