So, you want to write a novel? Well, first find the plot –sprinkle in a variety of believable characters and start writing: ‘one word at a time – it’s that easy and that hard:’ Neil Gaiman.

Writing is a lonely occupation.

Surround yourself with like-minded people.

If you haven’t already – attend a creative writing course – the one I joined was run by my local Further Education College. Universities also put on a good show – they even do weekenders.

Join at least one writing group – I started up two writing groups and they are still going strong. A good group will give constructive feedback. Though you may think constructive feedback hurts, it’s a fabulous learning device and comes free. If you can’t take constructive feedback, then you need to ask yourself why.

What are you afraid of?

There are MILLIONS of budding authors out there. Competition is fierce. We all must compete – and that also means with the rich and famous, including those who are already writing stars, published, and at the top of their game.

I suggest you check out Amazon OR Waterstones and the smaller, wonderful little bookshops, and find out exactly how many books are on the market and how many actually sell.

Am I put off – nah just keep writing – its free therapy if nothing else!

15 Replies to “You want to write a novel”

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    1. Yes. I agree. I just wanted to share my own journey for budding writers to know they can get their work out there if they believe in themselves 🙂

  2. Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my
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      thank you for sharing!

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