How to Go From a Newbie to a Novelist

Before we dive in, I’d like you to repeat these four words: I am a writer.


If you’re embarking on this wild journey of writing a book, which is a ton of work, then you ARE a writer. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do it for a living. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t published a book. It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t finished the book.


You are a writer. Now, let’s get started.


Get in the right headspace


Deciding to get started is usually the easy part. A grand idea strikes your fancy like a lightning rod of inspiration and thusly you’re compelled to share that idea as a novel. Great job, you just got started!


End of blog post, right?


Wrong! Having an idea and deciding to write a book are both crucial to write a novel but those are not the only things you have to consider. There are actually several hundred things to consider, but I will be kind and walk you through the highlights.


Understand your ‘why’


When you sit down to write this burning novel idea, I hope you can answer this one question: Why do you want to write a book?


If you understand why you’re writing the book, you’ll likely cling to that motivation to push through those pesky little points where you get stuck.


Understanding why you’re writing a book can help you understand what you’re hoping to accomplish by writing the book. This could be as simple as the victory of having written a novel or it could be as ambitious as the New York Times bestseller list. Having a goal in mind will help keep you motivated.


No matter what your end goal is, there’s two directions that you’ll want to approach when beginning a novel:

  1. The actual process of writing a book from concept to completion.

  2. The importance of cultivating an author platform.


1. The Process of Writing a Novel


Start by Writing


This might feel like a no-brainer, but the secret to writing a novel is simply by writing it. It’s putting the words on paper, sentence by sentence, until you have a steaming mess of a story.