aspiring-writer asked: I’ve attempted writing a novel back in middle school (looking back I realize the plot and characters were completely ridiculous) and gave up shortly in. I was very unprepared, and I wish to be prepared this time seeing as I’d like to make a career out of writing. What are some things I should do to prepare myself to write a novel?The first thing you should do is learn about plot and story structure so you can understand what elements are important when you brainstorm plots. The more familiar you become with these elements, the better your plot ideas will be. You should also practice writing every day. Not only do you need to learn how to implement plot and story structure, but you also need to learn how to develop characters, how to write descriptively, how to write good dialogue, and how to incorporate things like foreshadowing and symbolism. You can free write, write short stories, or find writing prompts and exercises to do each day. You also need to read. Now, I know there are writers who argue that reading is not essential to being a writer, and maybe that’s true, but to be a good writer, you have to read—a lot. Just like a good musician knows a lot about music, a good writer should know a lot about stories. Read as much as you can and as many different kinds of books as you can. Find what interests you most, and this just might be the type of novel you would most enjoy writing.While you’re learning about and practicing writing, pay attention to the world around you. What kinds of human stories interest you? Where do you find the most inspiration? Buy a notebook or journal and write down everything that inspires you: colors, bits of dialogue you overhear, current events, locations, people and personalities, landscapes, sounds, smells, story ideas—everything. This will be a constant source of inspiration for you when you’re writing or coming up with ideas.
When you’re ready to start a novel, you need to find an idea if you don’t already have one. Using what you’ve learned about plot and story structure, you can begin to flesh out the details of your story, and then use what you’ve learned about character development to flesh out your characters. It’s ok if you have to refer back to your notes or read more articles about these areas—you don’t have to know it all by heart going in. Next you’ll want to do some pre-writing, such as outlining, scene development, and research. Then you’ll be ready to start on your novel! You can refer to my WQA master post list for some of the other details you might wonder about when writing. I would recommend following some of the other helpful writing blogs here on tumblr, too. Some of my favorites are listed in my F.A.Q. under #10. And, of course, I’m always here if you need any help or have any further questions.
Best wishes to you on this journey. I know you’ll do great!
Hello all! My guilty pleasure is the Carrie Diaries and I also have a friend who has an Austin Butler FC, hence this gif hunt. There are 372 gifs of Austin Butler in this hunt. None of these gifs are mine. There may be some repeats and for that I am sorry (not really). They are sorted by emotion!