How to write a novel in 100 days or less

How to write a novel in 100 days or less
by John Coyne

How many times have you finished reading a novel and said, “I could have written that book.” You know what? You’re right. All of us, I believe, carry at least one novel around in our heads or our hearts. Novelist Toni Morrison put it this way: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Writing a book is no easy task. Nevertheless, every day another book is published.
In 1996, according to Books in Print, 1.3 million book titles were in print. The number of books published in 1996 alone was 140,000 in the United States. So, why not you?

What you need
I believe that if you can write a simple English sentence (after all, that’s what Ernest Hemingway wrote), are alert to the world around you, and want to write a salable novel — really want to, not just kind of want to — then you can do it. I don’t think anybody ever became a writer by going to a workshop, reading a book, or even reading this article. Writing comes from something internal in a writer. However, this article will save you time, point you in the right direction, and help you write a novel in 100 days or less.

A Frightful Thing.

A frightful thing, a dreamer with ambition! The cosmos is right to fear such mixings; for oddities such as I, both heaven and hell lovingly bend knee! ^_^ Watch closely, it will be easy to see. . .

Only after life’s last breath!

‎”Only after life’s last breath, has time truly ran out. Till then, the world is yours, and you must merely be foolish enough to see it!” – Akil N. De Berry ^_^ Today’s mood, CoNqUeSt!!!


Top Ten Tips for Writing a Novel

1.Create a Schedule: If like many of us you lead a busy life with a hundred and one things you could be getting on with at any given moment, then it is of vital importance to schedule time in which you can work on writing your novel without being disturbed.

2.Work in an environment which inspires you: Don’t kid yourself, these things matter! If you plan on spending chunks of your time in a room, being imaginative, then you want the space you are in to reflect this; have your favourite photos and pictures up on your walls, stick some motivational quotes on post it notes for you to find and try if you can get a space with a view.

3.Be Observant: Let your day to day existence, people and that which goes on around you to be a source of inspiration. There is an endless supply of stuff happening out there for you to think about, write about and put your own spin on.

4.Invest in a Dictaphone: Making a habit of having a Dictaphone on you at all times enables you to never let those great ideas just slip away. They are relatively inexpensive and can be downloaded as mp3 files so you can review on your iPod at your own leisure.

5.Just Write: Don’t be too critical and judgemental of yourself. Or at least, learn to switch that off so that you focus entirely on creating. Once you have produced a sizeable amount, then review it as you have more context and therefore may look at what you have written in a different light.

6.Don’t hold back: Sometimes, you may get the urge to avoid writing something as it feels too emotional or close to home. As a rule of them, it is these moments which tend to make up the best bits so just go for. Trust me!

7.Writers block: If you find yourself in the position of just not getting anywhere with your writing, then take a break. Switch off from it completely for a while, go out and get some fresh air, socialise with some friends for a while. In a nutshell, have some you time. In my humble opinion, more often than not writer’s block stems from trying to force success and overworking yourself.

8.Get into the mindset of your characters: This really is important in making your narrative believable and characters well rounded. It’s always a good idea to do some research relative to your character’s career or interests to understand how they feel in would behave in certain scenarios.

9.Don’t just write when you’re happy: This may sound like a peculiar one but I would avoid only writing when you are ‘in the mood’ and feeling good. Obviously when you do these periods can be very beneficial and productive but so are other moods as they can provide variety and more dimension to your writing. So the next you come from work having had a bleak day and feeling utterly frustrated with everything, you know what to do . . .

10.Save regularly: This is an obvious one but there’s nothing worse than seeing thousands of words which you’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into get flushed down the toilet because you forgot to save. Always backup your work via something on the lines of a memory stick to prevent this from ever happening.

Writing skills you need.

Building on Your Idea

These are a couple of popular methods you can use to add flesh to the bones of your idea:

  • Free writing: Open a new document or start a new page, and write everything that comes into your head about your chosen topic. Don’t stop to edit, even if you make mistakes.
  • Brainstorming: Write the idea or topic in the center of your page. Jot down ideas that arise from it – sub-topics or directions you could take with the article.

Once you’ve done one or both of these, you need to select what’s going into your first draft.

“Youngest” A Novel by Akil DeBerry(Excerpt) Chapter 1

Akil N. DeBerry

This is a work of mine I decided late last year, would be my fist ever novel that I would complete! I wanted to finish it sooner this year but life pleasantly got in the way! So I’m taking this week out to finish it up and complete it, I’d love any input anyone has to give.

I don’t know how it is for others, when judging the feel and rightness of their own work, but I find I’m never really sure how my stuff truly sounds to others, let alone my self. To me it doesn’t sound right or wrong, great or terrible, it simply sounds  as it should, and perhaps what I need to learn is that that is not only enough, but far beyond it!

So take a read and let me know what you think! Thanks again for the help!

‘Youngest’ A Novel by Akil N. DeBerry. Chapter1 (UNEDITED)

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