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How To Write A Novel: 3 Essential Success Strategies To Get Published

By Angela Booth

Thinking about writing a novel? It’s easier than you imagine. All that separates you from successful novelists is one thing: they write every day. If you’d love to be a novelist, there are three confidential secrets you must know.

The day I learned that my publisher was offering a multi-book contract, over three decades ago, remains one of the happiest days of my life. To achieve that, I used three strategies.

Here are the three confidential secrets.

1. Set yourself a daily goal for the number of words you’ll write that day. Never go to bed without writing those words. Consider that most novels are somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 words. Consistency in writing is a huge secret, and now you know it.

Schedule your time for writing each day, and get up from your desk only after you’ve written your daily stint. When you start out, aim low. You can write a couple of hundred words quickly. Avoid constant editing as you write, this disrupts your creativity. You’ll have plenty of time to edit when you complete your novel.

2. Enjoy your writing. Make it fun for yourself. Feel free to write nonsense. Your subconscious mind is playful. You know you’re being creative when you enjoy your writing.

Allow yourself to be creative. Perhaps one character takes control: stay with it. Remember that editing comes later. Accept what you write today. Eliminate judgement as much as you can.

3. Plan after you’ve started your novel. Many novelists start their novels with little more than an idea, or an image, or emotion. Your entire novel can emerge just from a single image in your mind. Planning is the final key, because if you start planning and plotting too soon, you may hit a wall and choke off your creative flow.

On those occasions when I’ve plotted too soon, my book has died. Nowadays, I allow myself 50 pages just to explore. By then, I have the tone and voice of the novel, and several interesting characters. Many writers avoid plotting too soon — it keeps your enthusiasm high.

Some novelists need the structure of a plot. Perhaps you do. If so, I urge you to plot minimally. Allow your creative consciousness out to play. Keep your writing fun as you write each day.

You now have three essential strategies which will help you to write a novel, and get published.

If it’s your dream to write a book, Angela Booth’s report “Write a Book: Powerful Tips” (free) gets you started. You get the fruit of Angela’s 30 years in publishing: it makes writing easy and fun. For more information, read Angela’s Just Write a Book blog. It’s essential reading to help you to write a book.

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Booth, Angela "How To Write A Novel: 3 Essential Success Strategies To Get Published." How To Write A Novel: 3 Essential Success Strategies To Get Published. 3 Jul. 2010. 8 Jan 2016 <>.

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