September 25th, 2003

turtle

How To Write a Novel, or Look out Dr. Phil!

I've come to the conclusion that the trickiest part of writing a novel is figuring out how you write novels. You being yourself, a particular author with a particular method of working. All writers know, or should know, there is no absolute right way to do anything. Every writer works in a different way, and I've heard others say every novel they write is written in a different way from the one before.

I'm still at least 20,000 words from the end of my first draft, but I think I've figured out what works for me. Note everything I say here is in reference to me. It may or may not apply to you.

This is my third try at a novel. Each time I've tried a different approach. (Incidentally, each of the three has been a different genre, but I don't think that has much bearing on what I'm saying here.) Collapse )