An author asks: “Can you write fiction more quickly than nonfiction?” It’s a good question. The answer? Yes, because when you’re writing fiction, there’s less research involved.
Of course, historical fiction requires research, but authors of historicals are usually grounded in their period. For these authors, research isn’t work; it’s fun.
Fiction is fun to write, when you develop a fiction mind state
Want to learn to write novels FAST?
Writing fiction requires:
- An understanding of the components of fiction; how elements like character, plot, setting, and dialogue combine in your novel;
- A certain mind state — a state of flow, where the author is in the story. You need to imagine yourself into the skin of your story characters, so in many ways, writing fiction has more to do with acting, than writing.
Let’s look at some tips to help you to write a novel in a month.
For more help, check out Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days.
1. Create a plan: how many words?
Start by deciding how many words you’ll write over the month. Authors in NaNoWriMo write 50,000 words, which is around 1620 words a day, for 31 days.
Next, you’ll need at least one character, and a dire situation in which to place your character. Some authors can start writing without anything — they discover their main character while they’re writing.
2. SIT (or stand if you like) at your desk every day
Life happens. You want to write, but something comes up.
Expect this to happen — that three family members will come down with the flu, or that people will come to stay… Many writers write first thing in the morning. Then the day can go to heck, but they’ve got their writing done.
Schedule your writing time outside normal working and family hours if you can.
3. Relax, and day dream to bring your story to life
Hours can pass when you’re writing, because you get into a mind state which opens you to your imagination.
Writers use different methods to achieve the mind state. I like to think about my current novel when I’m falling asleep at night, and the first thing in the morning. When a scene pops into my mind, I scrawl a few sentences onto an index card.
You may want to play music, or burn a candle… Do whatever works for you, so that you’re completely relaxed and can day dream your story to life.
Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days is available now.
You want to write a novel. Perhaps you can't get started. Or maybe you got started, and then you stopped.You need a plan, broken down into easy steps. This program began as a 30-day challenge which I organized for readers in 2010. Hundreds of writers joined the challenge and completed it. They wrote novels.More info →
How To Write Novels And Short Stories Readers Love: You're about to discover the easiest, fastest, and most fun plotting method ever. You can use it for all your fiction, whether you're writing short stories, novellas or novels. Take control of your fiction now, and publish more, more easily.More info →
Resources to build your writing career
Get daily writing news and tips on the blog’s Facebook page.
Latest posts by Angela Booth (see all)
- Enjoy Writing Short Stories? Write Serial Fiction - February 14, 2019
- Self-Publishing Success: 3 Vital Tips For 2019 - February 7, 2019
- Writing To Sell: 3 Tips To Help You To Be Original - February 5, 2019