Starting your novel writing journey


Think carefully about what you want to write


There are so many genres out there that finding the one that suits you can be tricky. Look at your bookshelf and look at the titles or the authors. Are there any recurring themes? Do you stick to one specific genre? Do you read authors who have a similar style?

You might find that you only like horror for instance, and are really passionate about becoming the next Dean Koontz or Stephen King. However, that might not always be the case; I really like reading books with dragons in them, but I found it hard to write a similar novel.

Read of a range of books, not just titles in your favorite genre. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find! You might also like to write something based on events that have happened in your life and weave in a fictional storyline. That's how my novel, Heartbound, was written.

Finally, take your time. Make sure you are fully committed and, most importantly, have fun experimenting with different genres.



A warning about Writer's Block


Some say that Writer's Block is a myth, but I believe it does happen. Some days, the creativity just does not flow.

Writer's Block can happen for a number of reasons. Writing does take a lot of energy, especially if you're writing 2000+ words a day, seven days a week. It's not uncommon for tiredness to creep in and for your creativity to stall after an extended period of writing. Take a break and don't force yourself to write.

Your lifestyle can also play a part. Several authors have a job alongside their writing, which can leave them precious little free time to write. Imagine trying to push out 1000 words after a long day in the office. It can be really difficult. And that's alright; an hour here and there can be enough to keep the story ticking along nicely.

The main reason for Writer's Block, in my opinion, is motivation. Writing can be difficult, and it can be hard to keep motivated if you feel your work is stalling. When you feel out of touch with your writing, remind yourself why you fell in love with it in the first place.



Stick with it!


Have fun with writing! It can be tricky, and there will no doubt be times when you begin to wonder why you're doing it, but seeing something you have written in some kind of printed form is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.

Even in difficult times, writing can be a great experience and once you have your heart set on being an author, then keep at it!


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Daniel Burton