- By Winston Kuwada
- Published 10/8/2011
- Rating: Unrated
Do you wish you could write a novel? Many people do. Most people even have an idea in their heads about what kinds of characters, and what kind of story will play out in their book. But for some reason, they never sit down and start writing. But if they do, they write at an incredibly slow pace, at about one page every couple of weeks. At this rate, it’s now wonder so few people fail to follow through on their dreams. But because you are reading this article, you are going to learn some secrets that will allow you to start writing and not stop until you are finished. When you follow these steps, you’ll be finished in no time. First of all, you need to realize that most people aren’t afraid of failure, they’re afraid of success. Failure means you keep on living your life just the way your living it now. That’s easy. Anybody can do that. But success means you’ll be thrust into the limelight, and people you don’t know will be asking you all kinds of questions. For some, this is a terrifying idea.
In order to get over this, keep imagining what it will be like when you are suc
cessful. Imagine people talking to you, imagine going on TV, and going on book signing tours. Joining toastmasters can be a great help in getting over your fear of having lots of attention on you. Once you are over your fear of success, it’s time to start writing. Many people feel that they need to write the perfect novel the first time through. Nothing is further from the truth. The first draft should be very, very rough. Grammar mistakes, wandering ideas that go nowhere, and sentences that don’t even make sense are perfectly OK. At this stage you are merely creating the stone from which you will create your final masterpiece. Forget about writing so many words per day, just focus on an amount of time. When you get stuck, just start writing whatever comes to mind. Remember, you can edit out all the garbage later. Once you get the hang of writing freestyle like, the words will flow from your brain to the page like water down a rushing river. Just keep it up, and you’ll be finished with your first draft in no time.
And you’ll find that editing your first draft is a walk in the park compared to writing it. Your novel will be on the shelves in no time.