Aspiring novelist fail when they try to learn How to Write a Novel for these 5 simple reasons:
Two ideas that get in the way.
Why reinvent the wheel? The smart thing to do would be to find the pattern that works and then follow the pattern.
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Real writers write whether "inspired" or not.
You will only learn to write well, by writing a lot of crap - first. So, get over it and get on with it.
Establish a writing routine - preferably every day. Practice and study, study and practice.
Study the correct theory of storytelling, and practice, practice, practice until you actually understand how to apply it well.
The best way to learn how to write a novel is to start by writing short stories. Learn the basic structure of a story first.
There are three major components to a short story; the Introduction, the Event, and the Conclusion.
Short stories should be mastered before attempting to writing novels; because a novel is essentially three short stories strung together.
Use writers groups, friends, strangers, anyone and everyone. Give your short stories away - do whatever you have to, just get lots and lots of feedback.
The short story is almost a lost art but you need to master its format before moving on to writing novels.
Break your storytelling into four distinct processes; Conception, Design, Development and Composition. This applies to how to write a short story as well as how to write a novel.
With Story Conception - you'll learn to formulate you entire story in a single paragraph.
With Story Design - you'll learn to lay out your entire story based on the five movements of standard story structure.
With Story Development - you learn to fully develop your story world based on the 7 divisions of and world irrespective of how large or small.
With Story Composition - you learn how to tell this properly conceived, designed and developed story in such as was as to dazzle your audience
In this way you learn to control the muse rather than having the muse control you.
The bitter truth is - if one can't tell a compelling story in a paragraph, they can't tell it in 5-10-50 or 100,000 words either.
Which is why agents want a "synopsis" before they ask for the complete manuscript?
They use this principle to weed out prospective novelists that ramble. Rambling is a symptom of not understanding how to Conceive and Design a good story before Composing it into a great reading experience.
Learning to tell a story in a paragraph forces one to understand and apply good story structure.
One must have the foundation right before attempting to build a skyscraper on it.
Richard A. McCullough
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