Notes on writing a first draft of a novel

  • be prepared to do it completely differently than you have before (if you haven’t tried to write a novel before then just do it)
  • don’t edit the first version. write everything down and then go back and fix it later after you have a story worked out on the page
  • discipline yourself to work at least 1-2 hours a day. some days will be hard others will be a breeze. writers have to write
  • give yourself credit for trying and when the words don’t come easily, know there will be another day coming when they will march onto the page
  • be prepared to write anything your characters tell you. they know more than you do.  listen to them. it’s their story to tell

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