Writing Tips : Learning How to Write a Novel


Hi, this is Laura Turner, and today I’m going
to talk with you about learning how to write a novel. The first thing you’re going to want
to do is you’re going to want to read as many novels as possible. And see how other novels
are written, because, today we have so many different forms of writing. There’s really
no one way to pinpoint ‘this is what a novel should be. And this is how we write novels.
So you can actually go and if you read as many different kinds of novels as possible,
you can get a feel for what you like to read, and therefore for what you like to write.
Because we really write because we want other people to read the stuff that we like. So,
go and read things and find out what you like. Next, you might actually want to take fiction
writing class. And, in a fiction writing class you may not actually be able to submit an
entire novel. You might not only have, you know, your short stories and stuff like that.
But your short story can actually grow into a novel. So it’s a good thing to be able to
sit down with a bunch of other writers in a class, around the table, and to read your
work, and have comments back on your work, so that you can become a better writer and
you can start writing your novel. Next, if you’re writing your novel by yourself, you’re
not in a class, you don’t really have anybody to help you with it, you might want to make
a very, very detailed outline for yourself so you don’t get off track, and so that you
can actually finish it within a pretty good span of time, rather than, you know, “I’m
just constantly working on my novel, and I don’t know where the next chapter’s going
to be”, and all this stuff. So make an outline. Next, you’re going to want to write something
that you’re passionate about. Make sure that you have enough devotion to this topic that
you’re going to want to spend an entire novel with it. And finally, write from start to
finish, and then rewrite it. You learn by doing, so write all the way to the end. And
try not to, you know, sort of censor yourself and look back at it and say “Well, that’s
not going with the outline.” Use the outline as a tool to help you in tough times, but
then, really push on through and get to the end of that novel. So learn to write novels
by doing it.

56 thoughts on “Writing Tips : Learning How to Write a Novel

  1. I love your engagement ring- I am having a hard time writing start to finish- it's like in pieces, I hope that's not a bad thing, but the whole thing put together is in my head

  2. I'm currently writing a novel, and it is hard to have the self control to do it. I used to think you had to FEEL like it to write, but you don't. You just gotta sit down and do it. Also, I used to spend days on one part of my story, and then get sick of it and give up, but what she was saying is true. Write through the whole story first, and then rewrite and make it the best. 🙂 Thanx fo' the help!

  3. when i write a story, i imagine as if im the main character and what i would want to happen to me through the story. This gives me a better aspect of how other characters would react to the actions of what I (the main character) would do.

  4. @Davidweiser The key to that is to stick with it whatever else you want to do, do it then go back to writing.

  5. @ClTIZEN Thats just plain RUDE. You would'nt want someone else to say that about you so don't say it to other people!

  6. It's not that difficult to write something.

    All I did was create a fictional city with fictional characters and made it up as I went along.

    No planning, just straight forward writing with immense detail and a ton of character development.

    You don't need tips.

  7. @zitalee2 try to add fillers give more detial to people elaborate on thier looks and characteristics talk about places and the people of those places give a lot of detail the way i look at it when you write a book your the god of the world that you are creating so when you create it make sure that you make it fool and complete make everything have a connection and if you have done all that then idk my friend idk

  8. @SerenityValley13 i've actually been writing another story and doing the same thing. i have a short attention span so i jump from story idea to story idea aimlessly. i know that's probably not a good thing but still. the one i'm working on at the moment is about a california elementary school teacher.

  9. I feel like the first chapter is always the hardest. Sticking to an outline seems to be the best advice that I have gotten, personally. Of course, you can always change things if you get better ideas, but an outline really helps you organize. Organization is key.

  10. I usually lose interest in my writing when the plot becomes aimless and loses its direction. It ALWAYS ALWAYS happens but I just can't make myself write outlines… it takes all the fun and excitement out of discovering the story and characters as you go along.

  11. @Toro953 sounds like a good technique. That way you don't "have" to follow the outline but you still have an idea of where to take the story..

  12. Hi, I'm 15 years old and am currently writing the first book I've ever attempted. My novel is a fantasy-fiction which I have a real strong feel for but I feel that my chapters arn't long enough; tips would be great.

  13. @Super17Official You're wrong. This may be my first books but have definitely not given up. But i'll take on board your advice thankyou.

  14. @losersalwayswin exactly… if you have time and if you're interested look up "Book Of Disquiet" by Fernando Pessoa. Cheers

  15. @losersalwayswin you are retarded. You watched the video. Why would you even say that? apparently 7 other people are retarded as well.

  16. How you uh, how you comin' on that novel you're working on? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there? Gotta nice litte story you're working on there? Your big novel you've been working on for 3 years? Gotta, gotta compelling protaganist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Gotta story brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Yea, talking about that 3 years ago. Been working on that the whole time? Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end? Huh?

  17. i feel it's better to just sit down and let your ideas flow. Then later you can go back and worry about details.

  18. I have little seeds of ideas in my head. It's about a girl called Gilly who's seven (the book will be aimed at 6 – 8 year olds). Yet, I don't know weather to write it in the first or third person or how to start it. It needs to be simple like Hi, I'm CloudyLight! Can someone help? (BTW I'm 13).

  19. I love writing and reading so much and I get so many ideas then I can't think of the problem or the ending but theres so many ideas buzzing in my head! I have loved writing since I was maybe 8 or 9, and I'm 12 now and what I wanted to be my whole life was an author 🙂

  20. i am also 13. id say 1st person, present tense(its happening as you make it) and to keep it 14 font and around 100 pages

  21. I have so many different ideas that float around in my head that starting a novel isn't the hard part. What's hard is not running straight into that dead end that insists I turn back and start writing on a different idea.

  22. If its aimed at a younger audience like that, I would say to put it in 3rd person. It establishes the character better with a younger audience instead of saying "I did this."

  23. That was a good tip about reading a lot of novels in your genre. That's what I'm doing to help me write my novel, I'm reading everything that relates to my story.

  24. Check out my social network for writers chronific[.]com =) I created it to bring us writers together. You might want to give it a try.

  25. i think that making an outline ruins the creative process and sets it to a certain area. while leaving it open can provide with infinte options on what you want to do. just my opinion

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