Novel writing is one of those things a lot of people have thought about. They say everybody has a book inside them, so why not you? But before you begin, there are some misconceptions surrounding writing a book, that I’d like to dispel. Have a peek.
You have to make a plan
There are benefits to planning your plot. I myself like to have a loose outline before I get started. But if you aren’t sure where you want to go, it can leave you stuck and give you an excuse not to write. Sometime, you just have to dive right in and start writing. Your characters will show you the way.
You have to be inspired to write
It’s easy to feel you have to be full of inspiration to write. But if you wait for inspiration, it’ll never come. Writing inspires writing. Get a sentence down and see where it takes you. Once you start, it can be hard to stop!
You can’t write if you have writer’s block
As I teen, I used ‘writer’s block’ as an excuse not to write for ages. Truth is, writer’s block won’t just go away. You have to fight it off. There are a number of ways you can do so, including reading and using writing prompts.
It only takes one draft
One draft is enough? Sadly, no. The first draft is fantastic for so many reasons. It’s your rawest thoughts, the earliest stages of your story coming to life. But it is also, likely, a bit basic. It is further drafts where you fix plot holes and mistakes, where you add depth and detail. You will likely find yourself writing your story a number of times before you’re happy with it.
Getting published is easy
I told somebody at work that I’d written a book. She asked where she could buy it, and I had to explain I was still looking for an agent. She’d thought, once your book was done, you just take it to a publisher and ask them to get it out there. I wish it was that easy! But getting published is the hard part. There’s so many steps to take. That said, it is POSSIBLE, and that’s all that matters. Don’t give up just because it’s not easy.
Writing a novel is too hard
Writing a novel isn’t easy, but please don’t think you need to have studied writing to write a book. Just write it. Anything can be fixed; gramma errors, spelling mistakes, weak plot points…you just need to have the story down. So if you want to write a book, but you think it’s too hard to do, dispel that thought! You can do absolutely do it!
What writing misconceptions have you come across? Share them in the comments below.