how to write a novel (and important pitfalls to avoid)
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vivianchill
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it's like this post: not a joke, but instead a serious endeavor.

how to write a novel (and important pitfalls to avoid)

by vivian

get a piece of paper and a writing utensil.

write the letter "a" and leave a space. then, write the letters "n," "o," "v," "e," and "l."

congratulations, you've written a novel!

it wasn't that hard, was it?

no, but really.

there's no easy way to go about writing a novel, but there are plenty of pitfalls around starting and following through with your novel. let's delve deeper into two of them.

pitfall one: getting overwhelmed

you have an amazing plot and an entire fictional universe, with a whole vocabulary unique to it - but have you thought it through? thinking about your novel and thinking it through are different.

pitfall one continued

so say you haven't thought it through - your story's still on post-its stuck haphazardly on your desk and computer monitor. you're beginning to be overwhelmed by all the details.

what's wrong w pitfall one?

don't sweat the small stuff. get the bulk of your story out and the general plot down - you can go back and rework the little details later. and who cares what color your protagonist's eyes are?

pitfall two: having too general of an idea

you know the general idea of how your story will go, but then what? your 10,000+ (hyperbole) page novel can be summarized into one double-spaced page with size 12 times new roman font. now what?

what's wrong w pitfall two?

if your story is amazing enough to warrant 10,000+ pages of content, you shouldn't be able to summarize it in a single page double spaced. complex is not always better, but neither is simple.

what's wrong w pitfall two? (continued)

stories need to be captivating and need to keep a reader hooked. if i can summarize it in a breath, there's an issue. don't overgeneralize or be too vague; that gets boring real fast.

these are two extreme examples that i'm showing

but both are important pitfalls to avoid. don't overgeneralize or over-specify your content. it's a fine line to walk, but it's not so fine that it's a nanometer wide. got it?

relax. you've already written a novel.

look at the piece of paper and the letters we wrote out at the start of this comma post. you already wrote a novel, didn't you? you can do it again. i believe in you.

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a year agoReply
I'm a published author myself so I just HAD to read this one.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
It is published, Mystics of the Tuolumne on Watt pad. It is unfinished I am not the author. I only write what Dahlia and Albert tell me to write.

vivianBronze Commachill
a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil : sorry, the link is a private link accessible by you only (it redirects me to my personal writing drafts!). Have you published your story on wattpad for everyone to see (and if so can you send me the link)? Looking forward to reading it :)

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
@vivian The work in progress is on wattpad.com. https://www.wattpad.com/m...

vivianBronze Commachill
a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil : that sounds like a wonderful story - i can't wait to read it when / if you choose to publish it!! :)

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
@vivian It is about two children growing up in a small California wheat ranching community, They have "paranormal" gifts. They are drawn to each other. The girl is a half breed and the boy is the son of a rich rancher. As they grow, so do their gifts and love for one another.

bhoomirockI am a simple person. And thats it
a year agoReply
Yes agree... we don't want readers to wonder what they are exactly reading in the middle of the story.. :D

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a year agoReply
@vivian that sounds awesome!! excited to see it when it's done!

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a year agoReply
@sue : oh, it's a romance story (lol) and it centers around a somewhat dictator-esque king who needs a new adviser to help him run the country; it follows their escapades along the way. it's actually not done yet and i started it a loooong time ago, so i have to go back and rewrite/work out the kinks of the story. :D @bernardtwindwil : thank you! good luck with your novel - what's it about? :) @bhoomirock : yup, those are two different things, as are having an idea and fleshing it out so that it's complex enough to warrant a novel but not so complicated that your readers' heads are left reeling after the first few chapters :)

bhoomirockI am a simple person. And thats it
a year agoReply
Sooo.. having an idea and writing it are completly different things.