My Guide: How to Write a Novel
Millions of people dream of becoming a published writer, but thoughts and dreams alone won’t make it happen! If you want to see your book in print, you need guidance to help you overcome blockages to achieving your goal. There are many reasons that people don’t get round to completing a book, but the three main categories are as follows:
- Mindset: Everything we do and feel is as a result of our thoughts. Our mindset affects every area of our lives and often this means we are being governed by our fears. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rejection. For many of us, the only way we would actually write a book is if someone could guarantee its success. What this means is that you could be holding yourself back from doing something that you desire. But with a little coaching you can develop the mindset of an author and turn your dream into reality.
- Overwhelm: People often have so many ideas for stories that they simply don’t know where to start and which book to write. They may even start the first few pages, only to discard them because the confusion is too great. Despite dozens of ideas they become paralysed before they have even really begun. Another aspect of this is a lack of confidence. If you have confidence in your abilities, you will be less likely to feel overwhelmed by the task ahead. It’s a very simple equation – more confidence equals less overwhelm. By following a simple process, you will find it easier to gain clarity and the confidence to be able to formulate a compelling story.
- Strategy: People may know what they want to write about and they can see their characters in their mind, but they quite simply don’t have a plan of how to write a novel. Like most things in life, if we don’t have a plan or a path to follow, most of us will fail.
By having a focused, structured approach to writing, and by following a simple plan, you will find it much easier to begin, enrich and complete your novel.
My Guide: How to Write a Novel is packed with content, including how to: conduct your research, developing subplots, settings and scenes, create an atmosphere, craft believable characters, plan and construct your novel and write dialogue. It also addresses format and layout issues, as well as the basic rules of, dare we say it, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Written by an editor and coach, My Guide: How to Write a Novel includes lots of coaching tips to keep you motivated. This book will give you the expert help you need as it guides you through the writing process, providing you with all the key aspects, skills and techniques to enable you to create and develop your own writing style, so that you can have a manuscript you can be proud of. Each chapter contains exercises at the end to get you thinking in the right manner and to enable you to practise your skills. It can even help if you have already finished your novel but don’t know where to go next.
If you are worried your work isn’t good enough or you have written your heart out but know that in reality it lacks zing, this guide will give you the information you need so you can be confident you have made the right decisions. Finally, it shows you:
- what to look for when checking your work
- how to engage a proofreader or editor
- how to compile a submission and covering letter
- the various publishing options available to you.
Get steps ahead of less-organised or disciplined writers with this comprehensive 340-page compendium determining the difference between writing any novel and a great novel.
- Packed with new and fresh ideas, tips and advice
- Fast-paced, user-friendly language
- Complete professional writing course under one cover
- Concise, upbeat, humourous instruction manual
- Create a publishable and profitable novel
- Wealth of dos and don’ts of the writing and publishing world §
- Takes you through a detailed journey on the ABC of writing a captivating novel
- Encouraging, motivational, inspirational
- For professional and first-time writers alike
- Won’t get as much in-depth instruction from anything other than a seminar
- First place a writer should turn to become a sought-after writer
Praise for My Guide: How to Write a Novel:
“I can’t praise highly enough this excellent and long-overdue asset for new and aspiring authors. It is indeed the perfect vehicle to present and promote their work and to access help and advice. I commend the team at The Writers’ House UK for their outstanding work and wholeheartedly recommend its use to all.”
Brendan Martin, Author of The Way to Valhalla
“For all those budding writers out there, here is the book which acts as a helping hand, guiding you through the pitfalls and joys that getting your book published can present. It is witty, warm and authoritative and offers structured and supportive activities to help your thinking, creating and doing. Whether you read it from cover to cover or dip in when you need to, it deserves a place on your bookshelf or Kindle.”
Dr Julie Leoni
“Very readable. Can tell from the Index alone that this book is more professional and comprehensive than any others available on the market.”
Carla Leach, CAL-EDITS
“Even as a published and successful author already, I still learnt things from this guide.”
Maggie McCullough, Author of Jubilee Lane
“An excellent and informative read. This is just the help I needed and I will start writing immediately!”
D. G. M. Trusler, Chester