The best way to write your first novel, I'm not being sarcastic, is to Write Your First Novel. You'll learn more by TRYING to write a book than from merely reading books about writing. If fear is holding you back, take heart. I've written six published novels and I'm still afraid to start each one.
The best way to write your first novel, and I'm not being sarcastic, is to Write Your First Novel. You'll learn more by TRYING to write a book than from merely reading books on how to do it. Before you can adapt and use the information in "how to" books, you must first HAVE the problems the books solve. In other words, you need to write AND study, not just study first and then begin to write.
If fear is holding you back, take heart. I've written six published novels and I'm still afraid to start each new book. What makes me a published author is that I overcome that fear every time. Don't be afraid.
Remember that when you start you're free to write as badly as you want because this is only the beginning. Later, after you've got it down on the hard drive, you can rewrite it, making it less and less junk, until it's good enough to be published. Just WRITE.
What about? Ideas for plots are all around you. When you read something in the paper, think "What if?" and develop a plot. Read everything you can; newspapers, magazines, and books, and clip things which interest you. A large portion of what you write about in coming years will be based on what has happened to you. [Notice I said, BASED on, not EXACTLY what has happened to you.]
Strive to REMEMBER what happens to you; not the events so much as your emotional reaction to them. Everything's important. Remember all you can. Take notes. Start and maintain a PLOT FILE, a file to contain anything that MIGHT become a plot idea even though it may not be one yet.
Above all, to start writing a novel, you must really WANT to do it. More than the desire to be published, be rich or famous, or enjoy a writer's lifestyle, the desire to WRITE is the most important requirement for a beginning novelist. If your desire to WRITE is great enough, you'll make the sacrifices necessary to finish your book, and finishing your book is the first step to publication.
In order to finish that novel, set definite goals and VISUALIZE reaching them. Most writers are kept from writing a book because they don't really BELIEVE they can do it. Believe you CAN! Commit yourself totally. Don't put it off any longer. Start first thing tomorrow. If you really want write a novel, don't just talk about it.
I have been writing for three decades partly because I enjoy being alone (I am an only child with no sisters, brothers or even a dad). I am a loner, but I’m fine with that. I also love to type and have since I was 18 and took an adult education typing course.
My minimum daily word count when I’m writing a novel is 1,500 words a day, which is sometimes easy to achieve, and is sometimes, not. However, I make myself stay at my laptop until I've hit 1,500 because that’s the only way the book will be written. Those 1,500 words might be nonsense and are usually crappy. However, I can make them better in the rewrite.
When I begin each morning, five days a week, I cruise Facebook and Twitter, check my email and start writing by 9 a.m. I reread what I had written the day before just to get my motor running. I get my coffee, open the blinds onto the courtyard and set my timer for 90 minutes.
At the end of the 90 minutes, I take a break of about 10 minutes and then do another 90 minutes. I take 45 minutes for lunch and get in two more 90-minute sessions by the end of my day. Total writing time: about six hours a day, five days a week. Over a three-month span, my 1,500 daily words amount to around 90,000 words, a good secret draft for a novel.
----- (From NOVEL SECRETS available in paperback and Kindle form.) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0189VGK32