By Maggie James
Have you always longed to write a novel? Does a part of you yearn to discover whether you could? You're not alone. Many people have confided their literary ambitions to me, as well as what's blocking them. For some, it's the time factor. For others, lack of confidence holds them back. Whatever the reason, they're not fulfilling a cherished dream, and that's a shame.
I wrote my book to help these would-be novelists. My aim is to infuse them with the certainty they can complete 100,000 words. In the book, I examine the most common excuses for not writing, the equipment you'll need and how to improve your mind-set. I'll define the difference between a planner and a pantser, explain how to get support as you write, and where to find the time. I cover specialist software and what to do if you're not tech-savvy. How to beat procrastination. Finding ideas and inspiration. Plus the meaty stuff - plotting a novel, completing your first draft, and tips for better writing. Once you've worked through the action plan at the end of each chapter, you'll be in a position to write your novel.
I don't cover editing, marketing or publication. Each of those topics warrants a book in itself! I do, however, provide resources and suggestions for further reading. Besides, 'Write Your Novel!' doesn't purport to be a treatise on every aspect of novel-writing. The strapline is 'From Getting Started to First Draft'. That's enough for newbie novelists to cope with, I suspect.
Do you know anyone who wants to write their first novel?
I've sent my beta readers their copies of 'Write Your Novel!' Whilst they're compiling their feedback, I'll catch up with my to-do list and enjoy the May Bank Holiday here in the UK. Once I receive the responses, I'll incorporate their suggestions, and then publish the book. The estimated release date will be early in June 2015.
If you know anyone whose ambition is to write a novel, but hasn't yet done so, please would you forward this blog post to them? I'd love to help others achieve what was, for me, an unfulfilled dream for so many years. From time to time, I've considering utilising my life coaching qualification and providing a mentoring service for writers. A friend was kind enough to tell me he thought I'd be good at it, and what a satisfying sideline to novel-writing it would be!
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