I participated in the November Write a Novel in a Month challenge in 2011. Â Writing a novel in a month isn't as hard as I thought it would be. Â I had a lot of fun and the end result gave me a great sense of accomplishment. Â If you would like to tackle writing a novel in a month, here are a few things that helped get started and stay on track.
After I got over the fear of trying such a project, I then realized that writing a novel is not much different than reading one. Â The great and most spectacular part about it is, I control ALL of the action and the ending. Â Now it's time to start:
- Come up with a concept - decide what you want to write about, romance, science fiction, drama, comedy. You're in control of this, so, nothing is the wrong choice.
- Choose a title - To get to this stage, I wrote down about two dozen titles. After a week or so, I settled on one.
- Create a main character - I created an outline, loosely defining her personality traits, character, strengths and weaknesses.
- Supporting characters - once I had my main character outline as I wanted, I then pretty much knew what type of people she would hang around with.
- Have a "Just Do It" attitude - commit yourself to the project and the end result will be a novel.
- Break the novel up into words per day - a 50,000 word novel will require 1667 words per day.
- Break the novel up into scenes - I chose to break my novel up into about 25 scene. If each scene is 2000 word, then, that adds up to 50,000.
I finished my novel is less than 30 days. Â I plan to self-publish it this year with Lulu.com. Â If you decide to tackle writing a novel, just remember that nothing is etched in stone. Â You can take 30 days or a few months; the outcome of your novel is totally up to you. Â Happy writing. You are welcome to read excerpts from my novel - Walking on The Other Side of The Rainbow Excerpts One Thru Ten