Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Novel

Although it might be a difficult undertaking, writing a novel can also be a gratifying experience. Nonetheless, there are a few frequent errors that authors commit that might undermine their work. One of the biggest errors is not having the tale planned out in advance. A writer might easily lose sight of the story and lose the audience’s interest if they don’t have a solid grasp of the plot, characters, and themes. A roadmap for the narrative arc and an outline of the story are essential beforehand since they will assist keep the story on course.

Over-editing and giving up on the novel are two additional typical mistakes. While editing is an essential step in the writing process, it’s necessary to keep in mind that a novel can never be perfect. By finding a balance between editing and writing and trusting the creative process to guide the story to its conclusion, it is important to avoid these common mistakes. Striving for perfection can result in a never-ending cycle of editing and rewriting that ultimately prevents the writer from finishing the novel. Writers are capable of producing a novel that will captivate their readers’ attention, endure, and be timeless.

How Do I Develop A Compelling Plot?

For any novel, creating an engaging plot is crucial. Finding the main conflict or tension that propels the story ahead is one of the first tasks in developing a great plot. The protagonist must be invested in resolving this conflict, which can be either internal or external. After the main conflict has been identified, it is crucial to consider how the protagonist will try to resolve it and what challenges they will face along the way. These challenges may take the form of other persons, situations, or even their own internal conflicts. Each difficulty should present a unique challenge to the protagonist and add to the overall tension and rhythm of the story.

A sense of advancement and growth is another essential component of an engaging plot. As they attempt to surmount challenges and accomplish their objectives, the protagonist need to develop during the course of the narrative. The story’s events should demonstrate this development, and the protagonist should encounter challenges that get harder as the plot develops. The plot should also be organized in a way that maintains the reader’s interest. This can be accomplished by incorporating subplots, cliffhangers, and unexpected turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat and invested in the story’s conclusion. In conclusion, creating an engaging storyline involves careful planning and attention to detail, yet it may be one of the most satisfying aspects of writing a novel.

What is the difference between showing and telling in writing?

Showing and telling are two different approaches to conveying information in writing. Telling is when the writer simply states information, without providing any description or detail. This can be useful for conveying information quickly, but can be boring and disengaging for the reader. Showing, on the other hand, is when the writer uses description, dialogue, and action to convey information in a more immersive and engaging way. By showing rather than telling, the writer can create a more vivid and memorable reading experience.

One way to illustrate the difference between showing and telling is to consider an example. If a writer wanted to convey that a character was angry, they could simply tell the reader “she was angry.” However, this approach is not very engaging for the reader. Instead, the writer could show the character’s anger through her actions and dialogue, such as having her slam a door or raise her voice. By showing the character’s anger, the writer creates a more immersive and engaging reading experience that draws the reader into the story. Overall, showing and telling are two different approaches to writing that can have a significant impact on the reader’s experience, and it is important for writers to understand when to use each approach effectively.

What Is The Best Way To Start A Novel?

The beginning of a novel is crucial as it sets the tone for the entire story and hooks the reader into continuing to read. One effective way to start a novel is to introduce a captivating opening line that immediately grabs the reader’s attention. This can be done by using a surprising or intriguing statement, a unique metaphor or simile, or by introducing a compelling character or setting. The opening line should create a sense of intrigue and anticipation for what is to come next.

Another effective way to start a novel is to begin with action or conflict. This can be done by introducing a character in the midst of a challenging situation, starting with a suspenseful or dramatic event, or by starting in the middle of an action sequence. This immediately draws the reader into the story and creates a sense of urgency that makes them want to know what happens next. Whatever approach is taken, it is important to remember that the opening of a novel should captivate the reader’s attention and make them want to keep reading.

Why Join a Professional Author Association?

Professional author associations can offer numerous benefits for writers at all stages of their careers. These organizations provide a supportive community of fellow writers who can offer advice, feedback, and networking opportunities. Joining an author association can help writers establish important professional connections and learn about new publishing trends and opportunities. Additionally, many author associations offer workshops, webinars, and other educational resources that can help writers improve their craft and stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards.

Another important reason to join a professional author association is the advocacy and support they provide for their members. These organizations can offer legal and contractual advice, and may even provide members with access to legal representation if necessary. They can also serve as a collective voice for writers, advocating for their rights and interests in the publishing industry. By joining a professional author association, writers can gain access to valuable resources and support that can help them succeed in their careers and achieve their goals as writers.

How Does Your Garden (Novel) Grow?

Writing a novel can be compared to planting a garden in many ways. Both require patience, dedication, and a willingness to put in the hard work needed to achieve a successful outcome. Just as a gardener must carefully choose and prepare the soil for planting, a writer must choose and prepare the setting for their story to unfold. This may include creating detailed characters, establishing a setting, and developing a strong plot.

Once the seeds of a garden have been sown, a gardener must tend to their garden daily, nurturing the plants as they grow and ensuring that they receive the proper amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients. Similarly, a writer must continually work on their novel, revising and editing as needed, and staying focused on their vision for the story. Both the garden and the novel may experience setbacks and challenges along the way, but with perseverance and dedication, the end result can be a beautiful and rewarding accomplishment.

Happy International Women’s Day!

I couldn’t let this day go by without sharing the interview with Paige Allen, the Director of IngramSpark, Ingram’s award-winning self-publishing platform. She has a B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science from Vanderbilt University and was part of the Own Graduate School of Management’s Accelerator Program, Business Sales & Marketing and also attended Harvard Business School’s Summer Venture and Management Program. Women in Publishing’s Alexa Bigwarfe hosted the interview here.

Interview with Amira Cooper

Anastasia Pollack’s blog, Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, featured us on Book Club Friday! It’s an interview with the main character of my latest book, The Taste of Rain. Stop by and read what Amira Cooper had to say about me and all the shenanigans we got into together.

The Taste of Rain is available for pre-order here and on Amazon.

Synopsis: College student and part-time health aide, Amira Connors, wants nothing more than to graduate and successfully launch a non-profit with her latest crush, Attorney Darius Browne. But when a nursing home patient (Claire Stewart) shares shocking details surrounding her husband’s death, Amira pieces together the fractured memories and helps law enforcement identify the actual killer. But is he? Or have Claire’s ramblings entangled Amira into becoming the next target?

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Promo

We are fast approaching Read an Ebook Week, a week that encourages readers to pick up the digital device of their choice and download a new book to read.

I’m excited to announce that my book series, Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, Milo’s Journey + Cup of Secrets and Trace of Lace, will be available as part of a promotion on Smashwords to celebrate Read an Ebook Week 2023! This is a chance to get my books at a discount so you can get right to reading.

You will find the promo here starting on March 5, so save the link:

Thank you for your support and Happy Reading!