How I Write

The first thing you should understand about writing a novel is that there are no simple solutions. The second thing you should understand is that there is no such thing as a magic formula. Every novel necessitates its own structure, pace, and perspective on the universe.

Learning to write a novel is similar to learning to ride a bike in that it is best learned by doing it. Writing a  novel, unlike saddling up on a Schwinn for the first time, cannot be completed in a one hot summer day. It necessitates a high level of dedication and tenacity. "You don't start off writing good stuff," Octavia Butler said. You begin by writing garbage and believing it's good, and then you progressively improve. That is why I believe persistence is one of the most valuable  qualities." 

The roadmap’s major target audience is novice writers who have a strong desire to create a book but are  intimidated by the prospect. 

We've been there, and that's why the roadmap was  formed. To attempt to bring order to the chaos of creation.

There are a plethora of materials on the subject of novel writing, including books, blogs, online courses,  periodicals, local courses, writing organizations, and more. It's difficult for a rookie writer to know where to begin, and you can end up learning everything about dialogue while having no idea about structure.  Alternatively, you could become a brilliant prose writer but lack the ability to carry a plot forward.
To people who have never attempted to write a novel, the process can appear mysterious. However, seasoned authors will tell you that the book writing process isn't particularly mysterious. The foundations of fiction
writing are two basic principles: creativity and  discipline. You're in for a lot of hard work, whether you're a bestselling author or a first-time writer self-publishing your first book. Fortunately, if you put in  the effort, the outcomes can be extremely satisfying.
The Ten Commandments for Writing a Good Novel
Become a voracious reader. Other writers have an impact on writers. Our interests are influenced by the books we read as children, and our writing style as  adults is often influenced by what we read as children. The writers who mound us are almost like unofficial mentors: budding writers can learn at the foot of history's most famous and revered authors by reading extensively and intently.
Make detailed checklists. Consider your setting and writing motivations, and then create a list of  details you want to make sure you include in your novel. Your checklist might be as small as a single page or as large as a notebook. It won't always save you  from awful writing, but it's still a really valuable tool. The last thing an author wants to discover after finishing a novel is that half of what inspired them to  write in the first place has been left out.
Create positive behaviors. Most new authors will have to juggle their work with other obligations.  Setting aside regular blocks of time for writing is a crucial first step. Your writing time can be early in the morning, late at night, or during your lunch break, but stick to it and make it a priority. You might also try having a separate writing space where you always work. This can be your dining room table or a home office, assuming you have the space. The truth is that a good narrative idea is useless if you don't make the time to work on it, therefore carve out those time and space in your own life.
Create a sprawling, engrossing environment for your work. Your novel's setting is more than just the location where your characters will live; you have an entire universe to create! The atmosphere and tone of your story will be determined by the location you design, and the difficulties your characters will face will be influenced by it. As you sketch out the bounds of the new world you're constructing, consider the following questions: [4] Will it be loosely based on real-life locations that you are familiar with? 
  • Create a sprawling, engrossing environment for your work.

    Your
    novel's setting is more than just the location where your characters will live; you have an entire universe to create! The atmosphere and tone of your story will be determined by the location you design, and the  difficulties your characters will face will be influenced by it. As you sketch out the bounds of the new world  you're constructing, consider the following questions: [4] Will it be loosely based on real-life locations that you are familiar with?
    Is it going to be set in the present or in the past?
    Will it take place on Earth or in a  fantasy world?
    Will it be focused on a single city or neighborhood, or will it be spread
    throughout a number of locations?
    In what kind of civilization does it occur?
    Is it going to happen in a month, a year, or decades?

  • Establish a working relationship with an editor.

    Editors play a critical role in the publishing process. If your work generates enough attention, you'll
    want to do everything you can to make sure it's a suitable fit. A good editor will improve your writing, but a bad editor will jeopardize your aesthetic vision. Check references, look at their backlist (previous works they've edited), talk to them about expectations, and look for a personal connection with possible editors. Consider what qualities you look for in a collaborator. The editing process is greatly aided by a strong  relationship between the writer and the editor. 

  • To attract readers into your universe, use descriptive language.

    Descriptive paragraphs or scenes aid your viewers in visualising your novel's main characters and locations. The key is to present just enough descriptive detail to pique the reader's interest rather than overloading them with information. Practice makes perfect, as it does with most things in life.

    Practice introducing each of your  primary characters and situations with descriptive paragraphs. Start with a short, snappy line that  delivers a simple yet exciting truth about the character/setting, then fill up the rest of the paragraph with vivid descriptive wording.

  • Begin with the characters.

    Readers aren't searching for a theme when they pick up a book. A  compelling plot and solid character development are the foundations of good literature. This implies you'll need a primary character with enough depth to maintain a full character arc (including a past), as  well as secondary characters who can drive subplots away from the main storyline. 

  • It's in the nature of rules to be broken.

    Every great writer approaches their craft in a unique way. Some writers complete a project from start to finish. Others work in sections that they later assemble, while others work sentence by sentence. Don't be afraid to experiment with different voices, techniques, and styles. Keep  what works and toss out what  doesn't. Your unique set of guidelines will emerge from your materials and creative process.  Theoretically, anything is fair game. You could, for example, switch back and forth between first and third person voices.

  • Make the most of your limited time.

    Think of ideas, remember where you left off in the story, or establish a mental strategy for what you want to
    accomplish during that session before you sit down to write. Some people set a goal of writing 2,000 words every day. Others don't care about word counts and prefer to alternate days spent reading, outlining, or researching. Whatever you pick, setting daily goals for yourself is a smart idea. This will
    save you time from looking at a blank page while writing—though there are
    practical techniques to overcome  writer's block.

  • Don't put too much pressure on your initial draught.

    Creating the first draught is an exercise in scribbling down anything that comes to mind. You can always go back and analyze and sift through what you've created afterwards. Resist the impulse to go back to the thesaurus or to keep recalculating your word count. The initial draught of a book should be written on the spur of the moment. Later, you can second-guess whether you used the correct word or whether you used too many exclamation marks. Self-editing like this is only necessary if you have a wonderful narrative to convey in the first place.

  • In the second draught, look for unexpected twists and turns.

    The second draught is all about uncovering surprises and beginning to form your plot. What are some of the surprising themes or motifs that have appeared in your writing? If you like them, find a way to use them again and again in your writing. On the other  hand, you might have to cut a couple of your first draft's  darlings. Inherently, fiction writing demands you to discard a few favorite narrative aspects or ideas, but your goal as a writer is to serve the book, not your own feelings.

  • Write for the love of art, and keep the business analysis for later.

    Publishers and literary critics coined the term "genre," but it's not always useful to working writers. It can be beneficial to not know or worry about what genre your book belongs to, because it gives you more leeway to deviate from genre expectations and experiment with form and subject. Your task is to make your book the greatest, most compelling version of itself, one that is plausible within its own imagined world and set of laws. Allow others to worry about the genre. You can try to write a horror novel on purpose, but it doesn't mean you'll become the next Stephen King. To put it another way,
    don't let genre analysis get in the way of your writing. It's difficult enough to be a decent writer without worrying about how well your work will sell, so don't.

My Tools

My Most Important Tools

Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.

Ken Robinson

Main Working Principles

The Most Important Steps To Follow

Write A Lot

Start with allotting time to write, don't say “I need to find time to write”, that does not help. · Set up a fixed time everyday and keep writing on those hours.

Read A Lot

Aim to read 20 – 40 pages per day (ideally 60 – 80 pages, which you should be able to complete in 1 hour) Perform at least one reading marathon per quarter (reading 2 – 4 books in a row) Read 50 books per year (that means nearly one book per week, which is a lot)

Spread Your Ideas

If your idea spreads, you win, because when people know your idea, they trust you, and when they trust you they're more likely to connect. We live in a connection economy now, not in an industrial economy.