Things to Consider Before Writing a Novel
Writing a novel can be a daunting task, especially for new writers. Even for successful writers, writing a book requires hard work, ambition, and discipline. It’s easy to lose steam despite writing fifty pages in. It’s no surprise that you’re in this situation. Ironically, the most successful and bestselling authors deal with the exact problem every time. So, how can you overcome them and succeed?
When you sit down to write your story, you have to decide what to say, how to say it, and how to get your message across. Not to mention building events and developing characters are things that you must also do. The list is endless. For that, you’ll find yourself in a creativity drought in the middle. See, a lot of writers rush their initial idea to the keyboard without an actual plan. Sure, it can work in some cases, but more times, writers find themselves lost in the middle. It takes a great novel-writing plan to smash through those obstacles. Writing a novel is a series of decisions, and reading as many guides can help you figure out your process.
Knowing what you’re going to do in the long haul can pay off in a surprising but inevitable way. So whether you’re an author working on your next book or a first-time writer, these are a few essential questions to ask yourself before beginning work on your novel.
What’s the Idea Behind Your Book?
One sensible place that motivates you to write a novel in the first place is an idea—the thing you want to write about. Concept matters since it’s impossible to write anything without it. After all, everything revolves around the idea. Let’s take Kerry L. Marzock and her book, Raven’s Way. She writes competent prose, but it’s her concept that turned Raven’s Way into an amazing work. This goes the same for other successful writers like Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and Stephanie Meyer.
Thus, a strong premise is essential to selling a book, no matter what genre and literary agents know this. In essence, a killer idea will not only captivate readers but also arise a passion from you. And, this idea may be germinating in your head right now.
How Do You Want to Tell It?
Oftentimes writers let their story idea choose the genre type they should write. However, choosing a genre before everything else is key to success. It matters more than you think. The genre will shape your characters and saves you in the middle build. Get it wrong and it will cost you. Furthermore, there is a wide choice of genres to pick from. While some mix two or more genres together, choosing one is the best option. Unless you’re crystal clear about the book genre, you will get confused in the middle build. And if you’re confused, the reader will also be confused.
What’s the Title of Your Book?
Choosing the title might be insignificant, but many people won’t bother a glance if you don’t have a catchy title. A great cover design and title are essential at hooking a potential reader’s interest and boosting your sale. There are many things that a good title achieves, such as setting a tone, suggesting a narrative, and establishing the point of view. However, getting the titles right is tricky. It must be short, evocative, memorable, and unique. These certain traits make a title. As an author, spare ample time to come up with a title that resonates with the book’s content. But do keep in mind, a title needs to be discovered more than contrived.
Are You Passionate about Writing or Motivated by Money?
What are your reasons for writing a book? Is it because of passion? Or is it motivated by the monetary rewards? Who doesn’t dream of somehow making their work pay, right? A lot of authors have put money as the ultimate validation of an author’s prowess. But, writing for money can create wrong priorities. Putting money as the pinnacle of an author’s success can blind you to other types of success. Other times, writing not for passion will lead to writer’s block, lack of enthusiasm, and sometimes creativity drought.
Whom Do You Want to Tell It To?
The uniqueness and strength of your prose may be compromised without clearly identifying your target audience. Having a specific audience in place can result in your desired effect: high sales. If you target a general audience, there’s a high chance it won’t get a large market. But, if you identify a specific gender or age group, book purchases will be in large numbers.
The starting line is right ahead of you. Soon, you’ll be one of the hundred writers who’re paving the way to authordom. Doing something that difficult takes preparation. So if you truly want to write a successful novel, you need to prepare for it. And once you’ve carved out every consideration, the actual book writing process will run smoothly.