new reader writing tips

Hello, dear reader! How’s your writing coming along? Still have some more questions? We got your back. 

In this newsletter, we will pick up on where we left off last week. It’ll be a long (but fun) read, so let’s get started! Here are 7 more steps to take when writing your first novel: 

Step 6: Create a character development that relates to your plot development. (Read last week’s newsletter: ) Make sure the development of your plot also directly affects each character. Don’t forget to use flow charts or any other graph. Using index cards can also help. Visual notes help keep the flow clear. This can be done for 4 to 5 weeks. 

Steps 7 & 8: Take time to choose and create locations that would specifically add spice in the story. They should move the plot or complement every aspect of your story. 2 weeks of note-taking, visualizing, and creating your location would give you ample time to edit and improve it along the way, while also thinking up the scene blocking. When you have the perfect location for the scene, proceed to determining where, how, and when the characters move and act in the scene—that is called blocking. That should be another 3 weeks.

Step 9: When everything else is ready and you’ve got your flow charts and notes, it’s time to write your first draft. Give yourself 4-5 weeks working on this. 

Step 10: Let the draft settle so you can check out your theme development. See what the most common themes that emerge in your story are, and see if it’s constant and if it fits to what you truly want this novel to be. Keep developing and enhancing it.

Step 11: Time to re-write your draft one! 6 weeks of being focused on this would help you see details that you want to omit, add, or change in the novel. Read it over and over. 

Step 12: Relax. It’s going to be the last draft. Again, read it over and over. Notice the small things and change the stuff that you feel don’t fit anymore. If you need more time for step 11, you can always go back, and you can always make lots and lots of drafts—if you want to. At Least you know you’re getting closer to perfecting it, and in the way you want it. It’s not the time to lose hope! Keep going! 

Step 13: Your friends are excited to read the last draft, and by this time you should be doing final editing to your work. Hire a professional proofreader and let your family and friends read your work if you want to!

And that’s it. Make sure you take down notes and save this email so you can come back to it whenever you want. Keep writing, and who knows, your first book just might be the next best-seller! Have a great weekend!

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