How to Start a Novel: 7 Secrets for a Successful Book

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How to start a novel in 7 steps

Are you wondering how to start a novel?

This post covers 7 strategies for writing a successful novel.

By reading this post, you’ll learn tips which include how to start a novel and end with how to publish and promote your book.

What’s the Secret of the Successful Book?

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Writing is one of the major forms of creativity in the world.

It’s a talent that can be nurtured and improved over time. However, not everyone who loves to write becomes a perfect writer. This is why a person may seek out a book writing service from a professional to improve on an idea.

At the same time, not every book completed is attached to a success story. Some writers spend time and money publishing books that never become best sellers. Thousands of copies are left on their shelves years after publishing. If you’re a creative writer who wants to know the secrets of a successful book, keep reading to find out what they are.

Secrets of Writing a Successful Book

How to Start a Novel

1. Your Genre Matters

Before you start writing a book, you need to put a lot of effort into determining your genre so that you can stick to it throughout the work.

If you’re writing a novel, you need to decide if the novel is going to be a literary novel, commercial novel, a crossover between literary and commercial novels. While literary novels have deep themes with symbolism and other complex literary devices, commercial novels are basically meant to entertain the audience and create traction. It may not necessarily have a deep theme.

These commercial novels could either be mysteries, science fiction, thrillers, fantasies, etc. When there is a crossover, the typical literary or classical novel will have features of a commercial novel. It could also be the other way around.

2. Learn From Other Writers By Reading

One of the best ways to write a successful novel is to learn from successful writers. Even if you cannot contact these legendary writers, you can find out about their personality by reading their work. This doesn’t mean you should copy or rewrite their content. What it means is that you should be open-minded and willing to get a better sense of the genre you want to work on. While you can stick to the already existing tradition, you can also decide to add to it as long as the changes you make are subtle.

3. Know Your Characters

If you’re writing a novel, you need to know your characters and what is expected of each one. In every novel, the most important character is the protagonist.

Your protagonist should have clear thought patterns and traits that keep your readers engaged. One thing you should remember is that the protagonist doesn’t always have to be loved by all. It’s completely okay to make your protagonist despicable.

However, make sure that he or she is fascinating. You can have multiple protagonists in one novel. A typical example is “A Song Of Ice And Fire”, fantasy fiction by R.R Martins. The book, which was adapted into HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”, has multiple protagonists who interact with each other and keep the audience engaged.

You still need to pay attention to your antagonists and other minor characters in the book.

4. Ask Others For Their Opinion

As a writer, you need to be willing to accept criticism just as well as commendations. Showing people your draft and asking for their unbiased opinions is one way to improve your content. They will tell you the areas that need improvement and the parts that are perfect. The people you show can be friends and family members.

However, there is a slim chance that you’ll get honest reviews from loved ones. So, asking for the opinion of people who don’t have a close relationship with you is a better way to get the information you need. You can find people like these in writing workshops. There are many online and offline writing workshops where you will find others who need reviews and are willing to review your work as well.

5. Develop A Routine

At what time of the day are you most creative? Is it in the morning, before going to bed, in the evening or in the afternoon?

Think about it and create a routine based on your most productive hours of the day. If you have other engagements, you may not be able to write for many hours at a time. So, consider writing during the little time you have.

Since it’s a routine, try as much as possible to stick to the same time every day. Create a space in your home that is comfortable and distraction free. That place should be a home office for you. Make sure that the chair and table allow you to sit upright without hurting your back.

6. Create An Outline

An outline allows you to put everything into perspective before you start writing.

At this point, you already know what genre you want to work on, your title, your plot, setting, etc. Your outline should be made up of the name of the book, the list of chapters and a brief summary of each chapter.

Think of the outline as a map of the ideas you want to discuss in the book and the stories you intend to tell. It divides the entire book into smaller parts to give you a better perspective.

The outline gives you a visual representation of the content before you get started. It helps you jump-start the writing process. After creating your outline, you can start writing drafts. You can also decide to do one or two drafts before you write your outline.

7. Self-Publishing May Be Easier

If you’re writing the novel for yourself and not for a client, you should consider self-publishing. If it’s your first novel, the chances of getting a good publisher may be slim. Thanks to the internet, you can self-publish and market your book online. Self-publishing can also be done through a company that offers this service. They will print hard copies of your book for you while you take the credit for publishing and handle the marketing yourself.

These are seven secrets that will help you write a successful book. There are many other tips available but with these you’re good to go.

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When you’re finished, you can use Goodreads to market your book.

Readers, please share so other writers discover how to start a novel and be successful.

Did the author leave out any tips? Do you have suggests for how to start a novel and develop your book into a top-seller? I look forward to your views in the comment section.

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    the people who says that everyone cannot be the writer they should read this post, truly inspirational

  2. Moss Clement

    Hi Janice,

    One of the best ways to cut your learning curve in whatever field, is to learn from those who are already having successful in the business. They know the playing field like the back of their hands and that puts you in a better position to improve faster.
    Therefore, highlighting the need to ask for the opinion​ of there is ideal, as they will give you an honest feedback that helps in your writing processes.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Moss,
      Your comments are timely. A commenter just wrote about the need to learn from those who have gone before us on a different article. Clearly, that’s helpful in any industry.

  3. William

    I find that well-resarched books are more appealing to read especially when the author goes into the details, it paints a better picture of the environment in which the book takes place.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi William,
      Thanks for adding to the discussion by providing these tips for a successful book.

  4. Ryan K Biddulph

    Learning from others is an easy way to write Janice. I read voraciously, and the more I read, I become more prolific. Like a writing sponge. So cool how easily things flow being surrounded by prolific authors.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      I’m the same way. Most nights before going to sleep I read articles I find on Flipboard. Flipboard shows me posts it knows I’m interested in– social media and blogging, for example. I’ve been this way since I started blogging. I’ve learned so much by reading. Thanks for commenting.

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