Do you want to write a novel?
Are you one of those people who has always dreamed of writing one, but don’t know where to start?
Or maybe you’ve started, but got lost somewhere in the middle?
If you said yes to any of those questions, you’re in luck. You’re in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Today we're publishing a free ebook that will help you take the first step to becoming a writer and writing your novel.
Whatever phase you’re at in your novel writing process, these seven tools will help you write—but more importantly, help you plan—your novel so that you can finally get to the end of that all-important first draft.
How to Write a Novel
About a year ago, I was exactly where you are right now. I had written a few short stories, but the very sight of that full-length book intimidated the hell out of me. Fast forward a year, and
I’ve not only written the first draft of the novel, but I’ve found an editor to help me make it a good novel.
It started with one of these tools, a tool that illuminated my world.
I want you to download the free guide on how to write a novel and get an in-depth look at all seven tools, plus three techniques you can apply to your novel to make progress today.
But in the meantime, here are three tools you might have heard about:
1. Writing Groups
Writing groups are indispensable for early-phase feedback when you’re writing a book. A good writing group will point out the plot holes you don’t see, and help you write a compelling opening that will hook your readers. Look on Meetup.com for a writing group in your area. I like the in-person experience, but if you can’t find one nearby, look for online writing workshops — there are a ton out there, and they’re waiting for you to find them.
Carry notebooks with you as often as you can, and write in them every day. I like the solid dependability of a large Moleskine Classic, but buy whatever kind of notebook pleases you the most. This is your happy place.
3. Grammar and Style Guides
Every writer needs a firm schooling in grammar do’s and don’ts.
English grammar can take a lifetime to master, which is why there are handy style guides you can keep around and reference while you’re doing your work.
I’ve written in detail about three essential style guides for writers. But for easy clicking, here they are again:
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- The Star Copy Style by The Kansas City Star
- The Tools of the Writer by Roy Peter Clark
These guides, plus a dictionary and a thesaurus (I like dictionary.com), are a must have for every writer’s toolkit.
Get The Free Ebook: Seven Tools To Help You Write a Novel
There are four more tools (including the one that made me such a productive writer and helped me finish a novel in just a few months) available in the ebook. Click here to download it now!
Get your notebook out and spend fifteen minutes free writing by hand. When your time is up type up your practice and share it with us in the comments section!
Matt Herron is the author of Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice. He has a degree in English Literature, a dog named Elsa, and an adrenaline addiction sated by rock climbing and travel. The best way to get in touch with him is on Twitter @mgherron.