In this week’s column, I thought I’d take a look at writing techniques for novels that work. This includes tips and ideas from other writers as well as tools that you can use to bring your story to life. There are some must try techniques as well as practical tricks that you can use if you are writing your first novel. There’s even a link on techniques you can use to develop your plot. I’ve had a lot of fun researching this week’s column and I hope you’ll find these links useful.
- https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-tips-for-fiction-writers#quiz-0 – 16 Writing Tips for Fiction Writers: This article is from Masterclass and offers 16 great fiction writing tips that you can use to make the whole process of writing a novel easier. These include things such as withholding information from readers, writing simple sentences, setting milestones, using active voice, understanding the basics of story structure, falling in love with the story you are writing, and so on.
- https://thewritelife.com/5-powerful-writing-techniques/ – 5 Powerful Writing Techniques That Bring Stories To Life: The tips shared in this article are great and I’m sure you’ll find them useful. They include techniques that will really help such as the use of multiple senses in your scenes, creating complex characters that will intrigue your readers, evoking strong emotional responses in readers, and how to use a rich character voice. There are examples included with each technique so you can see exactly how to use it in your writing.
- https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/5-writing-techniques-authors/ – 5 Must Try Writing Techniques For Fiction Authors: No two writers are the same and this means that what works for someone else might not work for you. This article offers 5 techniques that you can try when writing to get things done quicker. This includes the Pomodora technique, freewriting, dictation, recording yourself speaking your words and then typing it up later, writing out of order, and writing and editing at the same time. There’s some great advice offered for each of these techniques and you’re sure to find the one that will suit your writing needs.
- https://www.writersdigest.com/be-inspired/9-practical-tricks-for-writing-your-first-novel – 9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel: There are times during the novel writing first draft process that we all get stuck and need some help. In this post the author provides 9 tricks that you can use to get you from that very first sentence right through to the end. The tips include just getting to the end of your first draft without stopping to edit or polish, using timers and taking breaks, and putting your finished manuscript away for a while and working on something else before you start editing. There’s advice on making sure your goals are within your control and this includes daily word count goals, etc.
- https://www.universalclass.com/articles/writing/more-on-plot-in-novel-writing.htm – Novel Writing Help: Best Techniques for Developing Your Plot: This is an excellent guide that provides tips and advice on developing the plot of your story. It looks at the different plot types, history and imagery, the types of schematics, the elements of your plot, the summary, and more. It also has a section on setting and theme which is broken down into several sub paragraphs to explain it fully. There is also a section on style and tone. This guide finishes with a huge selection of links that you can visit to learn more.
- https://thinkwritten.com/novel-writing-tips/ – 10 Tips for Writing a Novel: This article contains ten tips on how to write a novel beginning with choosing a completion deadline for your first draft. There’s advice on preparation you can do before you begin as well as tips on getting to know your characters. Other tips include no editing until you finish your first draft, writing fast to keep the stream of consciousness going, connect with other writers, and take breaks.
- https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-book/ – How to Write a Book From Start to Finish: This article provides a step by step formula to getting your story down and completing your novel. It is broken down into six parts. The first part focuses on what to do before you start writing, the second part is how to start writing, the third part deals with actually writing your story, the fourth part is about rewriting, the fifth part is about publishing, and the final part is about seeing if you have what it takes to write a book.
I hope you enjoyed the links this week. You can use one or all of these writing techniques to help you get your novel written. Of course, the most important thing you will do is actually start writing but a lot of these tips can keep you motivated and get you past the blank page and towards those much-coveted words ‘The End’. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
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