5 Novel Tips For Writing Your First Book
A common item on any bucket list is to pen your own novel but it can seem pretty daunting with an empty Word document flashing in front of you. To coincide with the start of summer when you might have a bit more thinking and writing time, we bring you five top tips for writing your first novel as prepared by Adam Lively, leader of Middlesex University’s MA Novel Writing Degree.
1. Take Inspiration From Anywhere
It's not true that you should only write about what you know: you can also write about what you don't know but want to find out about. Ideas for fiction can come from any and all areas of your experience – personal memory, observation, reading, day-dream. Many creative possibilities can arise from combining ideas from disparate areas of your experience.
2. Think About Your Direction Of Travel
Depending on how plot-intensive your novel is, a detailed synopsis may or may not be necessary. What is necessary is that you have an idea of its shape and direction, with the major dramatic landmarks mapped out in your mind. Think of your novel as a landscape spread out before you: you may not know in advance every twist and turn through the undergrowth that you will make along the way, but you have a picture of the lay of the land, its valleys and hills.