You, Too, Can Write a Novel
Have you been wrestling with the idea for a novel or non-fiction book for months, maybe even years, but just can't seem to find the time or the motivation to get going? Well, it can be done.
Here are Pamela's top five tips for not just starting your novel, but finishing it.
■ Plan a Writing Schedule and Stick To It
Schedule your writing time the same way you would plan any other important engagement. Write it down in your day planner and stick to it.
■ Master Your Craft
Pick five great writers in your genre and study the elements that make their books an enjoyable read, such as pacing, story structure and writing.
■ Outline Your Entire Book
Spend a month or more outlining your story before you begin writing. Once you're ready to start writing, you don't have to stick to the outline. Simply use it as a roadmap to get going.
■ Concentrate on Finishing a First Draft
Write your first draft from beginning to end without making any extensive revisions. Once you finish, go back and revise your manuscript until you are satisfied with the final result.
■ Seek Support and Ignore Rejection
Share your goals with those closest to you and ask for their support. Above all, ignore the naysayers. Most successful writers have faced rejection and conquered it.
Attorney Pamela Samuels Young is the author of the legal thrillers Murder on the Down Low, In Firm Pursuit and Every Reasonable Doubt. Visit her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com
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