Getting Started, How Did You?
I was talking to a family friend the other day, and we got on the subject of books and then writing. As we were talking she asked me, ‘So how did you start a novel? I would love to write but where do you really start?’ I told her ‘Just write’ but I could tell by the disappointed look on her face. She needed more to go on than that. Didn’t we all at some stage? So I promised to blog my five getting started on writing tips that I found useful…l when I got started.
Tip one) Find what you want to write about, only you know what characters/ subjects are interesting you. If you’re struggling with that look in other books, newspapers, or talk to friends to get inspiration. Once you have that decided, choose if you need to plan!! For me it was more add a chapter title and off I went.
Tip two) Questions, one of my favourite parts of writing was getting to know my characters. And a helpful way of doing that is to start a question sheet and answer at least one new question on said character a week.. I find if you learn all ones character secrets too quickly then writing their story for me knowing everything at once would be less of an adventure. I like finding out as I go.
Here are a few to get you started…
What is your characters biggest fears? Would said character share those fears with anyone?
Does your character have any special power? If so what do they make said character feel like?
What does your Character do when no one is around?
Do they have a strong feeling towards something or someone?
Tip three) Chapter size, I find up to 3’000 words per chapter enough for each one. This does change to less, or even more at times but as a template goal 3’000 words is a good one to aim for I think.
Tip four) Once that novel/ short story is in progress, then oneself might want to seek out a short course, share your story, get feedback because other readers/ tutors can really help open your eyes to even more places that oneself might have not seen in ones story. I found that helpful myself…But if that isn’t what you’re ready for then seek out a friend to start sharing Ideas with, that can be equally as helpful to start off with.
Tip Five) Nothing is set in stone, write and write…. Once it’s done, go back, change, read and don’t be afraid to cut and chop out parts. Until that novel/ story is just how oneself saw it in the mind’s eye. Where most stories start…..
So how did you get started? Feel free to share your own tips.
I hope you all have a great weekend.