to become a novelist you need to be

By TACP Staff on July 16, 2019

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Novelists are writing professionals who author manuscripts in one or more of the various book genres. With the advent of self-publishing platforms via the mạng internet, the industry has undergone a major transformation. Although writers are still able to tát retain agents who will market their projects to tát publishing companies, there is the alternative of doing it on one’s own.

1. Getting Started in Novel Writing

To become a successful novelist, you have to tát have the innate talent of putting words together, developing plots and evoking emotions in the reader.  And, it could take years to tát get published; which is where fortitude comes into play. Some “starving writers” opt to tát write novels as a side job until they can make an income that allows them to tát maintain a living. Others dig right in developing characters based on childhood friends and plotting a setting taken from their favorite vacation spot.

Novelists write long stories, usually between 60,000 and 100,000 words, that typically depict character and action, with a smattering of realism thrown in.  If you compare it to tát running, an essay is a jog around the block, and a novel is a marathon.  And, there’s a lot more to tát it phàn nàn just words.  Writing a best-selling novel takes brainstorming, and making decisions about plot, conflict, setting, characters, and resolution. It also takes research. For example, if you’re writing a love story that takes place during World War II, you’ll need to tát study that specific war in order to tát speak intelligently and offer the reader a reference point.

Although a novelist writes fiction, the best novels feel real, unless of course, the novel is a fantasy.  But even then, a good science fiction or fantasy novel should seem plausible, even though almost anything can happen.  And, the number one rule writers should follow; it still has to tát be a good story.  As with any novel, an author can still craft a brilliant piece of work, while following the rules of good writing, grammar, plot, and dialog.

So, what tự novelists do? Most novelists spend their days writing one word at a time; writing sentences, paragraphs, pages, and chapters. They use literary devices lượt thích dialogue and metaphor to tát create a page-turner. Generally, there’s a lot of loose threads that require editing and revising before the manuscript is ready for publication. That means that most novelists will be thinkers, even artists who use their imagination to tát take readers to tát far off places and away from the grind of day-to-day life.

To develop their skills, many novelists complete a formal degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level, with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on writing or creative writing. To further enhance their writing abilities, some complete a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) to gain an advanced understanding of writing techniques and literary theory. At the master’s level, some writers will even choose to tát teach.

Some writers are born with natural talent, but most need formal training. And, although programs vary, most include instruction in narrative technique, non-fiction and fiction writing, playwriting, literary theory, critique, and the history of literature. But learning doesn’t kết thúc with a degree, most good novelists will continue to tát read and hone their writing skills with continuing education, by joining writing clubs or associations, and writing, writing, writing whenever possible. Like it or not, it also helps to tát realize prior to tát beginning your best-seller that your style of writing is the basis by which you, and your novel will be judged.  That’s why preparing – determining the who, what, where, when and how of your novel, then creating – character, plot and setting, and building – the words and dialog, are the foundation of all good writing.

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2. Learn the Fundamentals of Novel Writing

Planning a novel helps to tát avoid writer’s block, which is the inability to tát think about what comes next, or how to tát proceed with a specific train of thought. It is arguably the most important step in the writing process. The more the story is plotted in advance, the greater chance of reaching the kết thúc of your 80,000-word novel. Laying out the who, what, when, how, and why of a novel takes effort, yet some novelists don’t want to tát take the time until they hit a roadblock (writers block) halfway through and the creative juices dry up. Building the foundation for your novel by drafting an outline, choosing names and personalities of your characters, picturing a setting, and plotting out the beginning, middle, and kết thúc of your novel is inescapable to tát coming away with a finished (and sellable) product.

Novel creation is simply putting words to tát paper, or text on a computer screen. It is the process of creating believable characters’ people want to tát meet, giving them compelling problems or solutions, its making things happen that the reader can identify with that leaves them forever changed.

Building your novel is taking the foundation of the story, adding the interest and intrigue of your characters, dialog and plot, and creating a complete work of adventure, cliffhanger, drama, tragedy, romance, or comedy.  Writing a novel is divided into chapters and has a beginning, middle, and kết thúc. It’s this classic three-act structure that unites the story.

3. Build a Strong Portfolio & Personal Brand

The one thing about writing is that it’s an art not a science, and there are no indisputable steps to tát becoming a great writer. That said, a strong portfolio (minus spelling and grammar mistakes) will put a novelist in a good position to tát sell their book to tát an agent, publisher, or commissioner.  Most portfolios will include one piece of fiction, one personal selection, and one personal narrative. Two of the writings should achieve one or more purposes: the analysis of a person, place or thing, and writing that explains a story or process. A strong portfolio is worth the time and effort it takes to tát create, and shouldn’t be rushed or done haphazardly.

Personal branding identifies who you are. It’s a reflection of the type of writer you are. When you establish a personal brand, it separates you from the crowd by highlighting your accomplishments and talents. It’s not just good enough to tát be good at what you do; you need to tát have a connection with your readers, sometimes before they’ve even had the chance to tát read your book. And, your brand continues to tát evolve with every story you write. It gives your readers an unspoken promise that you will consistently deliver a good piece of work.

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Social truyền thông, writers’ association meetings, networking while in school, professional connections, videos, and blog posts all give your readers a picture of who you are and why they should pick up your book.  Professional networking connections can also be the first step in getting published.

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