7 SIMPLE TIPS TO WRITE YOUR FIRST NOVEL FROM SCRATCH

Before exploring the riddles of this blog, let us provide ourselves with some dose of encouragement first.

I started the journey of writing when I was about thirteen years old. I had no experience in that secretive world of writing, and barely read a couple of novels. I didn't even understand the difference between a novel, a book, or a short story, I just wrote whatever randomly comes to my mind.

I just had the pure desire to imitate those great stories and create my own world of fiction where I can control my characters to move freely and according to my desire.

However, I'm so sorry to mention that what I wrote back then was nothing but some pages of absurdity and some messy ideas (oops).

Let me get this straight, when I was young, I just wrote for the sake of pure pleasure. I didn't care about expressions to be good, fluence, or proper. I didn't even follow the conditions of a good story that requires a specific division of chapters and sections. I just wanted the images in my head to be expressive and full of life. Fortunately, writing concedes my appetite.

I also had no idea that books and novels could be a great instructor to become a better writer. Nonetheless, What I didn't realize back then is that my writing skills were getting better with every word I read or wrote even though my goal wasn't to improve my writing skills.

As I got deep into the world of writing, I understand the meaning of the saying:

"You became a better writer by writing"

Before you start reading this blog, please bear in mind that these are only opinions based on my own experience with writing novels and stories, and there are probably very qualified authors out there who say different things. However, I will be fully pleased if my knowledge was beneficial to you so you could figure out how to write your first novel from scratch by the end of this blog.

Let's dig in

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Start Writing Diaries 📔


Before thinking about writing a novel, you have to bear in mind that creative writing isn't easy stuff. It needs persistence, determination, hard work, and patience. So, please don't rush and write the story, you have to start doing heating first.

It's kinda like running. A runner won't dare and take a long race before doing the necessary sports warmers. I'm sure you won't agree more.

Okay, writing diaries may seem kinda ridiculous, you would assume that writing diaries are only for children and not for someone who's about to become a novelist. Sorry dud, but this is the very first step toward a better career in writing novels. It's the warmers in the case of writing.

Trust me, writing diaries will help you adapt to words, effective descriptions, and pages, not to mention that it will improve your mental skills as well as your writing skills by enhancing your expressions and the way you link words and phrases.

Believe it or not, such an activity can be a fun exercise to try too. Because you're trying to convert your real-life stories into words and create fiction out of real-life characters.

GIVE IT A TRY. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.

Learning to put creativity into words and create magnificent stories doesn’t come simply to everyone. I'm not saying that's an impossible mission, I'm just assuming that it requires a lot of training, time, hard work, and effort.

This step may seem absurd until you put it into the situation. AND REMEMBER THAT IF YOU WANT TO BE GOOD AT SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE.


Love Books 📚


Or reading in general.

By talking about books, I have to warn you that whatever you do, you can't be a good/great writer until you read a lot of books and novels.

I don't want to discourage you or knock down your mood. But writing novels doesn't work without reading novels. For a writer, reading is the key to succeeding in the writing career.

Now, we're in agreement that we should read books if we want to write a good novel, then let's move to the next step.

What to do when you're reading?

A writer reading a book isn't the same thing as a reader reading it. Remember that you want to extract the instructions that the author used to develop his story, so you have to analyze the novel. Thus, when you're currently reading a book or a novel, put a notebook beside you and write down every helpful expression that you can use with your writing.

For example, let's consider this part of a novel: “She awoke with a gasp, a hand on her throat. Cold sweet sliding from her back, and pooling in the hollow between her mouth and chin”

Write this in your notebook. And when you're ready to write, try to pick this expression whenever you need it.

If you consider it as stealing another author's property, just kick that off your mind. You are just demanding some little help.

tip: Once you continue reading the book, go and write a review instantly while you still remember the story. Here, I have to reveal another naked truth. Writing a review for the first time feels like breaking your skull into million pieces, or maybe Mountaineering for the first time. it just weirdly felt like you never read that book, and you can't create a single word.

DID I JUST DISAPPOINT YOU WITH THIS?

Bingo, take a long breath, shut your lovely eyes, the solution is here. All you have to do is to think about the first WORD, then it became easy.

You Just Need The First Word.

I insist on the doing of writing reviews because it doesn't require inspiration. You already have all the information from the novel in your head, and your job is to combine it and construct a coherent text. It is a great way to develop your writing skills and to be creative about new descriptions.

As much as your write reviews, writing good expressions becomes easier. And thus writing a novel won't feel as hard as before.

Related: Books you shoud read as a BEGINNER


Write Short Stories 📑


Listen to me; you are a novice at writing. Do not deny it.

It sounds absurd to start with a long novel of 500 pages, or a full series (I have to mention that there are authors who started with large novels as published, but you never know what was the first unpublished novel of the same author :)

I can feel that you are considering this in your mind; many questions have already invaded your pretty mind:

How do I write a short story?

How do I get a good idea for a short story?

How do I get the inspiration to write A SHORT STORY?

Yeah, so many questions. Happily, life became easy with the internet around. You can quickly search on Google all the questions annoying your brain, and you'll receive plenty of sources.

If you are too lazy to search, take a glance at How to write short stories in 5 steps

Great. Isn’t it?

Moreover, to reassure you, here are some more free ideas you can use for short fiction:

Write about a kidnapped girl in a forest full of unnatural creatures

Write about two parallel worlds

Write about a born dead kid that returns to life miraculously

Write about a girl exposed to domestic violence

Write about your friend who betrayed you

Use the word "street" and get out of it hundreds of stories.


Don't Look For Inspiration 👀


Another sad annoying revelation. Inspiration isn't so much different from wealth. The only difference is that it is not for sale.

I'm going to tell you a secret, but don't reveal it. There are some tricks to withdraw the right inspiration for writing. For example, you have to choose a quiet place for writing. Some good sights will help too, maybe a garden, a mountain, a flower field.

Inspiration doesn't have feet or wings to hunt you, you must search for it. However, sometimes, we're too lazy to do something or to make effort and crash our skull to find this inspiration, so we settle for scrolling networks without any precise aim (it's like running from the hard work to the easy one).

The good news is that I've got the secret to getting rid of laziness, and I'm so sure you'll be pretty shocked to know how simple it is.

JUST GET TO WORK 📢

I'm not trying to mess up with you, but once you start working on a novel, things began working, ideas began to happen, and characters began showing up. By this stage, you would believe that writing prompts are real and not just some mucky words we write to earn views.

And please stop believing that successful people are successful because they are inspired or motivated all the time. This is a LIE.

Professional athletes love the game, but they don’t want to train their bodies every single day.

Business owners love money and recognition, but they don’t necessarily enjoy the process of getting their business off the ground

You love expressing yourself with words, but you won’t necessarily enjoy every writing session. So, accept yourself when you don't feel like wanting to write at all or you're suffering some hard kind of writer's block ad you think that the story isn't going to work. Take a break when you need. Don't be so tough on yourself.

This is a stage of every author's life. Even authors of big novels have endured those toxic ideas. Just imagine that we wouldn't know about the Harry Potter world if J.k Rowling surrender to her writer's block.


Don't Expect Your First Draft To Work


Nobody’s first draft is a masterpiece. Truth hits badly, but understanding such a thing is better than losing hope after one session of writing. You have to understand that even a best-seller's first draft is not a masterpiece.

C'mon my friend, you're just a beginner, what do you expect. The more you practice, the more you get better. And remember that all those great authors were beginners and exposed to these toxic thoughts the same way you are.

THE FIRST DRAFT IS JUST YOU TELLING A STORY TO YOURSELF.

So what you should do is to keep writing. And then, edit your writing several times, focus on picking the right words, reread the paragraphs twice a time.

If you still feel that your writing is yet nothing but a mess, stand out and take a long break.

However, reward yourself for the words you've written. It all starts with small things.


Don't Write 1000 Words Or More


So many writers focus on the number of words they write every day. Even though you're just a beginner, the words zone in a word file will get you tempted. You're going to try to set a daily goal of words for yourself.

Please, please, don't settle for a high aim of words as a beginner, because here is what may happen:

First, you will do whatever to reach your goal, which implies filling the story with rubbish and nonsense expressions.

Second, you will feel frustrated. You will judge yourself for failure and laziness. You will claim that there is no way for you to complete a whole book while you can't even finish a goal of 1000 words.

In few words, reaching such a goal is an exceptional case for a beginner. Most beginners settle for 300 words. I won't recommend you to be different on this one.

Don't lose hope because of that. Things take time, and if you want to be truly good at something, you need a lot of practice.


Don't Get Discouraged By Others


When I read books, I grew fascinated by the writing skills of the authors and their ability to make such coherent characters within a homogeneous world of fiction.

I can't decline that I feel frustrated when I take a glance at the words crowded in my words file and it seems like nothing but some garbage when compared to the novel of that author.

I just can't prevent myself from asking whether those authors are humans or not, and how they can write in such a fluent way.

Have they been born with a dose of writing prompts in their veins? Oh no they didn't, they just earn experience by writing for so long.

Also, don't allow others to judge your writing or what you want to do. Don't listen to them when they say that writing is not easy stuff and that you won't find a publisher interested in your story. And that's YOU ARE JUST WASTING YOUR TIME by following the pathway of writing.

You have to understand that you are not writing for others, not to please others, to get compliments, or to gain money. You write because you love writing. You're writing that novel because you're in love with the process of writing. You are fascinated by the magic of turning fictional characters into something real and vivid.




“Do good and good will come to you.”


Now that we hit the end of this blog. I'd like you to feel confident about your first story. Believe that writing a story from scratch isn't impossible.

Trust me, writing a novel isn't as hard as you imagined it will be. All those great authors were nothing but lost people who struggled to figure out how to write their first novel too. And they had no one to show them the right way, they did it all by themselves.

Not to mention that the novels you read are not the first work for that author. No one ever publishes his first work. keep that in mind.

If you follow all these steps, I'm sure you're going to write the greatest novel ever. And try always to remember that you won't realize what you want if you're waiting for inspiration. Even though inspiration is great and gives the ultimate motivation. However, it can be a huge enemy of a writer's life.

Don't wait for inspiration to search for you, go search for it.

Now, open your word file, and start writing that novel. You got this 🔥





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