It’s my birthday today—whoop-de-doo—and to commemorate I’ve decided to list the 10 things I’ve learned about writing novels in the six or so years I’ve tried. No, I’m not 10 years old, but 34 is more than I care to think up at the moment.
- Action, action, action. Your plot should be delivered by your action. Thanks Elena for that lesson. The thing to remember, though, is that ‘action’ does not necessarily mean car chases, exploding bombs, sword fights, etc. You don’t have to always move mountains. Action can simply be the movement of a character, his or her interaction within the scene,…essentially the show of your work.
- Grammar is important, but it isn’t everything.
- Pitch writing is very important…and damn hard.
- It sometimes feels like one of every four novelists are exclusively romance writers. That said, writing a good romance scene, or developing a romance that grows organically, is quite challenging.
- You don’t necessarily have to be a good writer to make it big, so much as you do persistent, prolific and lucky.
- Sub plots are important. Without them, you just have a long short story.
- We are always taught not to write as we think, but in novel writing you’re supposed to do that very thing much of the time. They call it “narrative voice.”
- Prologues are mostly used incorrectly.
- Back story dump is bad. Bad, bad, bad, bad! (for the most part) Bad.
- A late night energy boost snack of cola soda pop drink and Skittles is a bad idea. They do NOT go well together.