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Post Reply If someone told you that they wanted to write a novel, what advice would you give that person?
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A few pieces of advice I've learned throughout the years ...

1. Write to please one person...yourself. Most people are their own worst critic, if you can please yourself you're ready to be published.
2. Know what the publisher you're approaching likes to publish. Do your stories fit into his/her criteria? You won't ever change a publishers tastes. Approach the ones most likely to be interested in what you're showing them.
3. You will get rejected. It's a part of life. If you get rejected 10 times, maybe the 11th or 12th will work out for you. Publishers see 1000s upon 1000s of books each year. It's very arrogant to think you're better than every other writer out there.
4. In this day and age, if you think you're that good and can't get a publisher to see it...self-promote and self-publish.
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MrPwong wrote:

Well I would love to know as well because I am in the process of writing a novel


Then you can get advice from here.
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Nogara-san wrote:


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.



Alright then.
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Yes, I'd heard a lot of hardcore fantasy authors that were frankly PO'ed at the Harry Potter series whitewashing, quote, "magic" into simply a form of electricity that was used for no other purpose than to power gadgets.
Without any sense of rules, traditions, sources, beliefs or limitations.

I doubt this will be of any help to a military sci-fi novel, but the idea of emphasizing some sense of history to the conflict will make it seem less like a video game.
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