Are you one of those people, like I was a year ago, who feels they have a novel inside them, but doesn’t know how to get it out?
I want to help you get it written!
How do I know it’s possible? Because over the last 12 months that’s what I’ve done.
A year ago I made the decision to knuckle down with my writing. I’d written a few short things, and enjoyed the process, but knew I wanted to write something longer.
A year on, I’m really happy with my progress. It’s been challenging, but I’ve enjoyed it and importantly, I now have a (pretty much) finished manuscript. In fact, as I write this, I’ve just completed what feels like the zillionth read through – and now it’s going back to the editor for another go.
At this point (December 2018) it’s still not published – but that’s my next challenge.
However, now I’m setting the challenge to you – make 2019 your year for the novel.
What you need:
Money – nope, you don’t need that.
One of the best things about writing is that it is completely free. You don’t need expensive equipment or software. Every computer has a word processor, or you can even go old school and write it on paper.
Time – yeah, you’ll need a little bit of that – but not as much as you think.
I wrote mine in 45 minutes to an hour, 3-4 times a week. In the last couple of months, I’ve stepped that up. But to start with that’s fine. Could you spare four short stints one morning, evening or weekend?
An idea – yeah, you’re going to need the start of an idea, but you don’t need to know everything.
I loved discovering my story as I wrote. It would have been quicker if I’d known what was going to happen from the start as I had to go back and change things as I went, but if you don’t know it all right now – that’s fine. Stephen King talks about his writing being a process of discovery, as though getting the story down is unearthing a dinosaur skeleton. He’s done alright with that method.
Start with your character, who are they? And what horrible situation are you going to put them in? Now, don’t you feel gloriously powerful!
Someone to write with
A year ago, when I was planning my novel. I would have loved to have had someone to write with. But I didn’t, so I set out alone. It probably put me back actually because I didn’t know how to get started.
If I can help you in any way, through encouragement or advice, comment below.
If you’re up for the challenge leave a comment below and I’ll check in on you.