How to gather ideas and turn them into a novel – post at Writers & Artists

wa3You know a project is going to be long, serious and brow-furrowing if the illustration is a scribbled-on notebook and coffee. My third piece for the Writers & Artists website is up today. The web editor saw Nail Your Novel and asked me to write a run-down of points to help first-time writers get started on a magnum opus.

Readers of Nail Your Novel will be familiar with it all – notes, plans, splurging first drafts, confidence-building (and coffee), but if you haven’t been here long you might find it useful. Follow your nose…

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  1. #1 by willbarrington on June 24, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Very handy post, thanks! I’m just getting material in order to attack a longer piece and keep hopping between writing exploratory chapters (looking for voice) and fleshing out arcs and background for each of the characters. It’s good to keep drumming into my head the importance of having everything ready before writing too much – particularly liked the suggestion of possible events/situations for each character that can be drawn at random when *something* needs to happen…

  2. #3 by Will Overby on June 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who has covered his office floor with slips of paper while assembling a storyline. Great post!

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