How to Write a Novel Even if You’re a New Writer

Do you want to write a book? Perhaps you feel you could, but think that you need some training first. Yes, that may help, but in this article I’ll share a method that you can use immediately, even if you’e a completely new writer.

Over the years, I’ve written many books. I’ve come to know that starting and completing a novel or nonfiction book just means putting one word after another, and not stopping until the end.

Here’s my super-simple and easy method to help you to write a novel.

1. Brainstorm a Title

An inspirational title can act as the compass which guides you from beginning to end.

Start by selecting a genre: mystery, romance, science fiction — your choice. Not only do readers in a genre respond to an evocative title, booksellers have expectations of titles in a genre too — they want to know in which section of the store they should shelve YOUR book.

Let’s imagine that you’re writing a mystery.

Look at your bookshelf for inspiration, or check out the bestseller lists to get into the mood to brainstorm titles.

Mysteries will often include words like: “death”, “bones”, and “murder.”

The only criterion your novel’s title needs is that it should be mysterious.

Set a timer, and brainstorm titles for five minutes.

2. Brainstorm a Fantastic Situation, the Crazier the Better

All done? Excellent. Choose a title — any title from the ones you’ve brainstormed. Remember that you can always change your title later. Your publisher my decide to change it too, so you don’t need to obsess. A title just gets you moving forward.

Now you have your title, it’s time to brainstorm a fantastically crazy situation.

Mysteries usually involve a crime of some sort, often murder. So, who’s your victim? Why was he/ she murdered?

How was he/ she murdered? Where was he/ she murdered?

At this stage, you don’t need a complete plot, you just need enough material to become enthusiastic and inspired.

So there you have it. Brainstorm a title and a situation, and you’re well on the way to writing your book.

Get the help you need to write YOUR novel

Need inspiration and motivation while you’re writing a book? Angela Booth’s writing class, “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process” at will help. This class is based on exclusive lessons she developed for her private coaching students to help them to write more, improve their writing, and to make more money writing. Have Angela at your side while you write your book.

If you’re stuck writing, her ebook “Top 70 Writing Tips To Help You To Write More” shows you how to end procrastination for good and write more.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.

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  1. Hi Angela,
    I’ve been pouring over your site and found a lot of the information fascinating (read scary!). In particular, your information about agents and the ‘back end’ of the writing process have been helpful (and sobering!)
    Thanks.

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