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Writing a Novel

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Transcript of Writing a Novel

Developing Ideas...
-Illustrate your ideas with examples

-Research your topic

1. Some writers do a lot of online research to find out more about their topic and become more familiar with it
2. Others prefer naturalistic research, they observe living people and real places that relate to their topic

-Your pile of research papers and notes should be bigger than the novel itself

- Ask yourself: What types of novels are interesting to you? (Mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.)

Separate your characters into 2 categories:

Main characters
They must play a vital to your story.

Supporting characters

Supporting characters do not need to play a vital role in the story like the main character. Their roles in the story do not make or break the novel, but rather enhances the plot.


-Free writing
-Ask questions
-Some writers carry notebooks with them everywhere they go so whenever they have an idea they can write it down

Andrew Murrell, Elizabeth Phan, Rehema Nshatsi, Melben, David
Writing a Novel


Every writer has their own unique method of writing a novel; from writing in the pitch black darkness to writing on the edge of the bathtub. Each individual has to find what gets their "creative juices" flowing and how they'd like to write. One thing that every writer have in common is that they all go through a great deal of struggle while writing several drafts trying to perfect their novel.
Your First Fifty Pages...
-Your goal is to grab the reader's
*an interesting fact
*a surprising piece of information
*an exciting quotation
*an intriguing paradox
*an explanation of an odd term
*a short narrative/anecdote (not fiction)
*a startling question









l a r i t y:
Be concise with your ideas; refrain from writing many sentences when a few words will get your point across.
S t y l e:
Use appropriate diction for your intended audience. Maintain your style throughout your novel.
G r a m m a r:
Grammatical errors
impact how your audience interprets your novel.

Helpful Tips


Writing Habits of Famous Writers
Writing Habits of Famous Writers
When writing your novel the setting is one of the major things you must address.

Setting includes:
-Place and time
- When creating the setting for your novel its best to be as specific as possible.
-You want to use great detail to immerse the reader in the world your are trying to create.

A good novel will usually includes the following:
- Introduction
- Good explanation of the characters and setting.
Grab your readers’ attention.
- Conflict
- A conflict that hooks the reader. The conflict must intertwine with the goals of the main characters of your story.
- Climax
- The climax is height of your novel. It is the part of the story that will stay in you readers head long after they are done reading the novel.
- A conclusion
- A conclusion can leave the reader feeling satisfied or disatisfied.
Do not drag it out!
- At this point in the novel all conflicts, plots, and sub-plots in the story should be resolved.
-Is it a cliff-hanger?

- Angelou would wake up at 5 o'clock in the morning and check into a hotel room in which she requested to have all the pictures taken off the wall. She would lay on the bed and write on legal pads making sure to always bring a bottle of sherry, a deck of cards (for solitaire), a thesaurus, and a Bible. In the afternoon she would check out and go home then edit the material in the evening.
-Make your characters realistic and relatable
-Consider a possible theme for your novel (Is it there an underlying message or moral to be taken from?)
-Transformation of characters
-Lastly, be open and creative; you are entitled to how your story begins and ends.

Characters Continued....
- Introduce your main characters' attributes and motivations at the beginning of the story.

- Your goal as a writer is to get your reader to have an emotional conection to the characters.

-Throughout the story you want your character to grow and develop.
Settings Continued...
-The setting the writer creates is one aspect that contributes to the novel greatly

-Not only does the setting set the mood/tone for the novel, but it affects how the characters respond to their environments

-For example, a plot may be that a character is in an environment where if he/she contracts a virus they will have 24 hours to live. This generates a tone of suspense.
Storyline Continued.....
Ernest Hemingway

- Hemingway would get up as the sun rose everyday and begin writing with his typewriter...standing up. He would write standing up while drinking at the same time until he had drained all thoughts from his head and had absolutely nothing left to say. After this he would usually spend the rest of his day at the bar.
Writing a novel is definitely not an easy feat; it takes extensive time, effort, and patience. Even the greatest writers cannot simply sit down to begin writing their novel and conclude with great material by the time they are done. Writing a novel takes research, planning, editing, sincere effort, and inspiration. It also takes perserverence. Writers often get writer's block while writing a novel or are just uninspired to think of material they think is "good enough". This should not discourage you!
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Maya Angelou
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