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You're first novel is going to be terrible. Trust me, everyone's is, but stay strong and stay the course. We have to be bad before we can become good. If you have an idea you're really attached to, it might be best to wait until your skill has improved and you can do the idea justice.

Also read...alot. Your imagination is a machine. Feed it.
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Get a text book and start on page one.
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Don't let anyone read your works until you have a finished product.
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Don't write with the intent of becoming some famous best-seller. Writing to be rich and famous is like playing a sport to be rich and famous. Sure, some people make it big, and yes, you're crafting a product that you'd like to sell, but a publisher might never pick up your work (especially your first ever work), and if you self-publish, you may not even make back the money you spent to print your copies (unless you have an established audience or something).

So think of it like playing a sport. Hours of practice, hours and hours of work, trying to be your best, not the best, but never seeing significant (or any) profits -- because that's most likely what's going to happen. So write because you enjoy it. Just as a hard-working high school basketball player might play (for free) for fun, with his friends and family cheering him on, you should write because it's fun, knowing maybe only your friends and family will ever read your stuff.

That said, write something you can be proud of. Write something good, that could be published. Write something you're passionate about. Because if at the end you feel like you wrote all those pages for all those hours for nothing -- then you were doomed to waste your time, because your were writing for the wrong reasons from the start.
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"Don't forget your pen."
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Good advice guys!
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qualeshia3 wrote:
Let's say somebody want to write their first novel but don't know how to go about it. What advice would you give that person so he or she can write a good novel?


Make an outline, decide what's important to the story, write those parts, then write the rest as support for those parts.

For example, a love story that's about a guy who will never say no to a girl, marries her, and sings a lot. The important part is that he finally says no to her. So, the rest of the story should be about him getting progressively more miserable till he reaches the breaking point. At that point, it's just having fun with how he's being made miserable. And writing should be fun.
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Kavalion wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
Let's say somebody want to write their first novel but don't know how to go about it. What advice would you give that person so he or she can write a good novel?


Make an outline, decide what's important to the story, write those parts, then write the rest as support for those parts.

For example, a love story that's about a guy who will never say no to a girl, marries her, and sings a lot. The important part is that he finally says no to her. So, the rest of the story should be about him getting progressively more miserable till he reaches the breaking point. At that point, it's just having fun with how he's being made miserable. And writing should be fun.


Okay then.
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write for your self.
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Be prepared to accept the fact that what you write will likely be shite, unlikely to sell, may never get finished and very few people will care.
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Write. Then write some more. Then write some more.

The more you write, even unrelated stuff, the better you'll get at it. Keep doing it. Keep writing. Even if it's short articles, mini-stories, movie reviews, etc. Just write stuff. You will get better at it the more you do it.
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D4nc3Style wrote:

Well, it all depends on what type of novel they would want to write.


When I was in a children's-book writing group, and we'd have young teaching-major college girls saying they wanted to write a children's book, the first question we'd ask was, "What was your favorite book, growing up?"
If they couldn't answer right away, enthusiastically and specifically....we sort of got the impression they might not be cut out to finish one.

Too many aspiring "writers" are caught up in wanting the lifestyle of doing one, without actually being possessed by a story they have to spend late nights on.
(As we would put it, "There has to be that one story you were dying to read, but the other authors were just too stupid to ever write it themselves.")
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Well I would love to know as well because I am in the process of writing a novel
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Hone your craft writing shorter works first.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


Explain your opinion in great detail. Let's say somebody want to write their first novel but don't know how to go about it. What advice would you give that person so he or she can write a good novel?

Enjoy!!!


I say go for it! Just write anything.

For a novel, I'd say maybe at least write yourself a quick summary/outline so you have a map of where you'd like to go with your story. Otherwise, just go crazy; you can always revise and edit later on.
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