I’ve taken the time to compile a a list of resources I personally use, have been recommended to use by fellow authors or professors, or have stumbled upon. My latest Hub Pages article talks about books, websites, conferences, and NaNoWriMo, plus many more sources for writers, writing, and the creative process. I’ll be adding suggestions and recommendations as they are given, so check back for more resources! Feel free to contact me with your own resources that are not yet on this list and I’ll add them!
The last step to writing a novel is to market! You’ve published it, but now you have to get readers interested and build up a fanbase. I give tips and details on how to market yourself and your novel in my latest Hub Pages article. Being an author means more than simply writing, editing, and publishing. You have to interact with readers and really know your audience to keep the momentum going!
Quick Tip: Speaking at Conferences and Book Festivals is a great way to meet fellow authors, interact with readers, and network with publishers.
Have you finished writing and editing your novel? If so, it’s time to get it published! Don’t let that beautiful manuscript and all that hard work go to waste, get you novel on the bookshelves! My latest Hub Pages article talks about all the different aspects of publishing and what authors should know when going into this step of the process.
Quick Tip: Avoid vanity presses, they sometimes turn out to be scams and force you to spend more money than necessary!
What some authors consider the hardest part of writing a novel is what comes after writing: editing! In my latest Hub Pages article, I talk about the editing process and the truth about editors. Editing is a very important part of writing, so authors should embrace the inevitable and take the opportunity to receive as much feedback as possible before submitting their manuscript for publication.
Quick Tip: Take a break after finishing your novel before beginning the editing process!
The next step to Write a Novel is to actually do some writing! Now that all the planning, research, and outlining is taken care of, you can start digging into your story. In this HubPages article, I give tips on daily writing, formatting, and novel guidelines.
Quick Tip: Start formatting your manuscript while you write, so it’ll be easier to edit and submit for publication once your novel is complete!
Research is just as important as writing in the process of creating a novel. In my latest Hub Pages article, I talk about the research methods and sources for authors before they start writing. Writers often research while they write as well, but it’s good to start off with some information to aid in writing. Doing too much research could interrupt the writing process!
Quick Tip: Libraries are your friends; get your hands on some physical books, smell the old pages, instead of relying solely on internet resources.
The last step to planning is to write plot, full of conflict and built on a structure of writing fortitude. The latest Hug Pages article I wrote on the subject deals with all the essentials related to plotting: action, protagonists and antagonists, twists, and more! Before you can write a story, you have to know what you’re writing and the stakes your characters have to face.
Quick Tip: An antagonist doesn’t have to be a villain, and without action a story can go nowhere!
The newest Hub Pages article on How to Write a Novel is out! Part of the Planning step is dealing with Setting, which involves dates, times, locations, time periods, historical events, and more! I give details and advice on how to implement setting into your novel and why it’s so important, so check it out!
Quick Tip: Your setting can be a subtle part of the novel depending on how you introduce it; it can also play a large part of your plot!
Part of the planning process is to create dynamic, well-rounded characters for your novels. Read about writing effective characters on HubPages and find questionnaires to test the depth of your creations! Characters rely on research, from naming to diversity, in order to appear realistic for readers.
Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone when creating characters. Write someone you don’t know and look at the differences (as well as similarities) you may have in common!
The second step to Writing a Novel is to plan! Read the article on HubPages for all of the ways writers can plan their novels before writing. I discuss the methods most commonly used and ways to employ them to novels, as well as give tips and tricks for each!
Quick Tip: While skipping this part of the process may sound faster, having a plan or plot outlined can come in handy when Writer’s Block hits!