Writers Tip #71: How to Write a Novel

These are very useful tips so I reblogged them.


When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

These tips are from Martha Carr, thriller writer extraordinaire, author of three books and weekly columnist on politics, national interest topics and life in general.

Novel Writing Tips

  1. Start with a character not a plot idea. Write down everything you know about the main character or characters including physical description, schooling, family tree, where they live, likes and dislikes and peculiarities. Do they hate seafood because they once threw up an entire shrimp dinner from Shoney’s? The more the better for this exercise. You will probably not use everything you write down…

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About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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2 Responses to Writers Tip #71: How to Write a Novel

  1. Thanks for the RB, Carole. BTW–I agree: Ditch the ‘new author’ tag. It sounds like you’ve been writing for a long long time.


    • Actually, I’ve tried several times to remove or edit the New Author title but somehow I cannot access it. I’ve looked on all my ‘pages’ but it doesn’t seem to be there. It’s very frustrating; so any tips you have, I’d love to hear them.


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