Just decide that that’s what you’ll do.
Yes, you can decide, without a single idea of HOW you’re going to do it, that you’ll start your novel today.
Write a series of titles, suitable for your genre.
For example, if you’re writing historical romance, you could write:
Lady Annabelle and the Deadly Duke
The Enchanted Duchess
A Gentleman’s Temptation
And etc. — I could keep this up all day, and I’m sure you could too.
By the way, those three titles are off the top of my head — they’re not actual titles — at least I hope they aren’t.
Did you see what happened here?
Firstly, I chose a GENRE — a type of novel, historical romance, in this case.
Next, from my reading in the genre, I created some titles which are suitable for the genre.
If I were doing this for real, I’d brainstorm between 20 and 50 titles, before I chose one. (There are many reasons for doing this, I’ll go into them in a later post.)
The BEST title would jump out at me: I’d get an instant dose of inspiration, with an idea for the plot, the main characters, and some scenes.
Hey presto — within half an hour or less, I’d be well on the way to writing my novel.
Write within a genre, if you want to sell your novel
Here’s a tip about the novelist’s craft. Writing within a genre is important. When they want to buy a book, readers know what they want. They have favorite authors, and in some genres, like historical romance, readers will buy every book their favorite author releases.
Publishers release a certain number of genre novels each month. If they’re heavily represented in a genre, they may release five or more each month. They need authors, so genre publishers are always looking for new voices.
So — what are you waiting for? Start brainstorming your novel. 🙂
Apropos of NaNoWriMo, the wonderful Scrivener people have released a preview version of Scrivener 2, which will help you if you’re writing your novel this November.
Also apropos of NaNoWriMo, I wrote a series of NaNoWriMo Quick Start posts in my writing blog, starting in September 2006. Check the blog’s archives to find them — they’ll help you in your NaNoWriMo journey.
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