Start Small

Writing a novel is a daunting task.   I know.  Sometimes it just feels as if you will never finish or that your novel just completely sucks… But there is something that you can do as a new writer to make the process easier.

START SMALL.

If this is your first novel, it might not be a good idea to make it lengthy or even plan a series for it.  That’s when you become overwhelmed and you quit in the middle of your story.  Maybe save the long novels and series for after you have successfully completed your first novel.  That way you sort of know what you are getting into and have some experience in the writing process.

I recommend starting with a short novel or even a few short stories so that you can get into the swing of things.  Of course, you should do whatever works best for you and if a series is the way that you want to go, go for it.  But if you find yourself never being able to complete a novel, just take a step back and possibly write a few short stories.  Or just start writing scenes from your novel.  Consider each scene a short story and then fill in the blanks that you are missing.

I really like this quote by Vincent Van Gogh.  It says, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

And this quote by Larry David.  “I don’t take on big things.  What I do, pretty much, is make the big things small and the small things big.”

If it helps, split your novel into three sections and complete them one by one before putting them together.  Then before you know it, you will have a completed novel on your hands.

~Nightsong

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