Today's Topic: GETTING STARTED
1. Willingness. Above all else, the first thing you need is willingness. You have to decide and decide with conviction that, yes, I want to write a novel! This isn't quite as easy as it sounds. How many people think everyday 'I could write a book' and never do? Plenty. Finding the motivation is really hard because there are so many things getting in the way, such as...
- Time. I just don't have the time.
- Failure. What if I fail? What if I write it and never get published?
- Lack of Ideas. All my ideas suck or have already been done. Too bad I didn't think of Twilight before Stephenie Meyer did.
- Worry over what others will think. I'm embarrassed that my friends and family won't like it.
So once you get past all the doubt and you decide you're ready to start your novel the next thing you will need is...
2. An idea. I think too many people get caught up on trying to find the 'perfect idea'. But your idea doesn't have be brilliant. It can be about vampires or witches or whatever. Do you think J.K. Rowling was the first person to write about a school for wizards? No. And she won't be the last.
Ideas come in all forms. Some come from dreams or books or movies or fairytales or other people or even The History Channel. Take what you can from all over and then piece it together.
3. The follow through. The butt in chair part. You have the motivation and now the idea. All that is next is executing the plan. And trust me; that's the hard part.
Look for more Wannabe Writers Advice posts in the future.
For now, here are some helpful websites:
How to write a novel.
Maggie Stiefvater posts: 7 steps to starting a novel (a must read), kick-butt how to post, prepping
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