POV

Now, it’s time to think about the point of view (POV) that your novel will be told from. There are four POVs that your novel could be told from: first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. First person POV is when the story is told directly from the main character’s perspective…

Themes Just Happen

Next up, is identifying the theme of your novel. Most likely you’ll be able to apply a universal them to your novel, something that is a widely known and easily relatable. Examples of these themes are: coming of age, unrequited love, sacrifice, good triumphs over evil, money doesn’t equate to happiness, and so on. The…

Sensible Settings

The setting is the physical place where your story will be taking place. If you are writing about a setting that you are unfamiliar with then research it. The setting of my series is the desert. Having never been to a desert before I had to research what the Kalahari Desert is like and the…

I Like Your Tone

Tone and voice are two separate literary elements but for the purpose of saving time I’m defining and explaining both in the same post. Tone is regarded as the attitude of the writer toward a subject or audience. The manor in which the writer approaches the common theme or subject matter is the tone. Tone…

The Real Beginning

Having just wrote a prologue for the first book in The Meer series, I am writing only from personal experience. I have never stumbled across (yet) any advice for authors specifically on how to write a prologue.  That’s why I decided to write this article on prologues. If you want to include a prologue in…

Keep Calm and Read A Book, Why Don’t ‘Ya?

One piece of advice that I’ve come across in almost every ‘How To Write A Novel’ esque book is this: read! The more you read the better you will become at writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or a blog/website like mine. Of course, most specifically recommend that if you are writing a romance that you…

Research- It’s Not Just For English Papers

Now that you have at least thought about your basic plot arc and your basic character arc it’s time for something that may not be as creative or enjoyable: researching. Every time you write something you always want to aim for making the impossible feel real to readers. But even as fiction writers we have…

Your Over-Arcing Plot

After you’ve come up with your premise it’s time to start thinking about your plot. What’s going to happen in your story? Since it’s only the very beginning and you’ve just started writing, you don’t have to go in depth just yet. Just think about it, maybe jot down a few ideas. If you want…

Perfecting The Basic Character Arc

Once you have settled on a premise (and possibly the basics of your plot structure/arc) you should start thinking about what your main character’s arc is going to be. Essentially, you are answering the question: where was the main character both internally and externally at the beginning of the story and where does he/she end…

Spark Your Fire With A Premise

Every story begins with a premise, even if it’s not specifically put into words. The premise of a story is the very basic idea or topic that you start off with. It’s the very general answer to the ‘What’s your story about?’ question. This should be the first thing you come up with when you…