I’m Mette Ivy Harrison. I’m the best-selling author of the Bishop’s Wife series and I’m gonna be sharing my five best tips of how to write a novel.
Tip number one is you need to have an interesting character who needs or want something desperately. This is so that you can have a character who is propelling the plot forward. Passive characters are not super interesting.
They need to do something. You want to have a character who’s not just reacting to events but rather is causing events to happen and interacting with other characters in the world that they’re in.
Tip number two is that you need to have an interesting world for your interesting character to be in. You can have a fantasy world. You can have a science-fiction world or it can be a contemporary world, but it needs to have a kind of set of rules that you as the author know but you gradually reveal as the character interacts with the world.
If you have a contemporary world, you need to make sure that the world is different then that regular world that your readers are used to. The character then has to decide whether they’re gonna follow the rules or not follow the rules.
Tip number three is that you need to have a limited time frame in which the events happen. While you can write books that have 20 years over which the books take place, I highly recommend against doing that because it takes away the urgency of the events happening.
Your readers won’t feel like they need desperately to pick up the book and find out what happens next, so I recommend often choosing like a 24 to 48 hour period maybe a week, maybe even a month but short time frame. You want to choose the best frame of time in which these things can happen the most, where all the most exciting things happen.
Think about Star Wars. You think about George Lucas choosing what part of Star Wars he wanted to tell first. He told the story of Luke Skywalker first because that was a very compressed time frame. Some of the other stories take place over lots of different worlds and lots of different characters. It’s harder to get into the series, I think, with any of the other stories. Luke Skywalker’s single character in an interesting world and in a limited time-frame.
Tip number four is to make sure that there are exciting things that happen and that there are a lot of emotions that are involved in these exciting things. Readers read a lot because they want to feel emotions. You, as their writer, have to make sure that there are a lot of times for people to have feel emotions.
So you tell an exciting event and then you have to step back a little bit and make sure that the reader has an as an experience, so that they can also react to the events. I see a lot of writers focusing so much on the events happening and not so much on the reaction of the character.
It feels like it slows it down, but for a reader that reaction actually is the part where they’re most invested. That’s the most important part of the book, is the reaction emotionally of the characters.
Tip 5 – make sure that your character has time to learn. Now, I know that I said that you need to have a compressed time-frame, sometimes 24 hours or 48 hours, but you also need to make sure that your reader learns things at a normal pace.
When you do have a compressed timeframe of 24 to 48 hours that your story is happening in, think about how much a regular person could learn in that time frame. ou need to make sure that that’s how much your character learns. They’re not going to, you know, probably discover the secrets of the universe in that 24 hours.
They might decide to change one small thing about their lives, let me change everything but it’s going to be a small thing. They’re not going to be able to learn to use a sword, for instance if you’re writing a fantasy book, in one day.
It will take them a long time, so if you’re compressing the time frame, make sure that you allow the character to make the mistakes that they need to make. My best piece of advice – if you want to be a writer, is to write as often as you can. I’m not gonna say everyday, because most people have lives where they can’t do it every single day.
If you can write three times a week, and if you can even write only 500 words, three times a week, you will have a novel written in a year. If you can commit to that and have a full novel written in a year. You need to write it from beginning to end.
You need to not go back and rewrite your beginning 800 times before you keep moving on, because there are things that you learn about writing a novel from beginning to end.
Getting to the climax of the story, writing an ending, you will learn things about that that you cannot learn by rewriting your first page or your first chapter over and over again. Give yourself a full year, write an entire book then start going back and rewriting.
Hi everyone. My name is Bridget Bell. Welcome to my channel where I share with you ideas for a better life. I’m super excited about today’s video because it’s on a topic I’m very passionate about – writing.
Something a lot of you may not know about me that I’ve been writing and publishing books since the age of 17 and within this past year alone I’ve written and published three books. I’m currently working on few more and have concepts for four more that i plan on writing in the near future.
Now the reason I’m telling you this is not to brag or to boast, but simply because some of the most common questions I get asked when people find out that I’ve written these books are:
- How did you do that?
- How did you write a book?
- How did you publish it?
- I’ve always wanted to write a book – can you teach me how?
- Can you show me how to do it?
And so in this video I’m going to share with you a few of my very most basic, yet essential tips, for writing your first book. While writing a book may seem like a daunting task suited for only the most well-rounded, seasoned writers I’m here to tell you that it’s not so.
In this video I’m going to share with you a few of my tips when it comes to writing your first book, so if you’ve ever wanted to write your own book, or feel as though you have a story to share listen up because you’re going to want to hear this.
Before we start, I want to cover something that’s incredibly important to your success and that’s identifying your ‘why’. Why do you want to write a book? When it comes to accomplishing any goal, it’s important to not only know what you want to accomplish, in this case I want to write my first book, but even more important is the reason why you want to accomplish it.
I’ve said before in other videos but to think of a goal as setting the end destination on your GPS and your ‘why’ as the fuel to get you there. So why write a book? I’ll give you just a few reasons and you can feel free to add your own reason.
Number one is that everyone has a story to tell I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a unique story or life experience or some sort of value to share with others. Everybody, I believe, is an expert, and writing a book helps share that expertise with others.
Reason number two is that book writing enables you to leave a legacy behind on this earth, even once you’re gone and no longer here, your worth will live on, and that is a pretty cool thing.
Reason number three is – writing a book establishes instant credibility and sets you apart as an expert in your field. It can open doors of opportunity and enable you to network and market yourself in a ways that you weren’t able to before.
Reason number four – having books that you author can also work wonders for your business, whatever it may be. Let’s say you have a coaching business. Well, having a book that you authored, it can be used as a tool to help you prequalify clients and generate leads for your business.
It also adds value to your customers because it’s another resource that they can turn to you for help and advice. It can even be used for marketing purposes, such as for free giveaway for building your email list.
Number five – finally, one of the biggest reasons most people think of when they want to write a book is because of the possibility of generating income through book royalties. Those are just a few reasons why I believe book writing is an incredibly powerful act.
Feel free to add your own reasons, as the more reasons you have, the more fuel you’re putting in your engine and therefore the more likely you are to complete your book and have the strength to keep going even when it gets tough or tiresome.
Now let’s talk about how you can go about writing your book. My first tip for you is to identify your passion. You may already have a good idea as to what you’d like your book to be about but if you don’t, that’s okay. My first piece of advice to you is to answer the question ‘what are you most passionate about or what am I most passionate about?’
If you don’t know the answer to that I recommend checking out my video ‘how to find your purpose’ and by asking yourself the following questions;
- What do I like to do?
- How do I like to spend my free time?
- How do I like to spend my money?
- What I do even if I wasn’t getting paid?
- What do people ask me for advice on the most?
- What are some of the biggest hurts and challenges that I’ve had to overcome?
- What message do I want to share with others?
- If I could be known for one thing or leaving one impactful idea behind on the planet,what would that be?
For me, writing has always been a passion of mine because it’s been the vehicle which has allowed me to share how to overcome my biggest hurts and challenges. It’s been something that I’ve been so passionate about. I’ve done it without getting paid and it’s just something that feels like breathing to me.
It’s just something that you have to do, so take a moment to pause the video and answer those questions for yourself. If you’d like more inspiration for identifying your passions and your purpose be sure to check out my video ‘how to find your purpose’ and I’ll link that below.
You may already have an idea of what your passions are or what you’d like to write about. Just having that crystal clear vision and being able to see it written out on paper is really important and really helpful.
Step number two to writing your first book is to eliminate limiting beliefs about writing books. So not directly related to the writing process, but it’s incredibly important. Our beliefs can either help us or hinder us on our path to goal achievement and it’s no different with writing a book.
If you want to successfully complete your first book, it’s imperative that you eliminate any limiting beliefs revolved around book writing. Some limiting beliefs may include writing a book is too hard, or it’s too time-consuming, or writing a book is reserved only for those who are well-rounded writers, famous or celebrities.
I’m here to tell you that none of those things are true. The truth of the matter is that anyone can write a book if they’re truly dedicated to doing so. As I’ve said before, everyone has a story to tell. Everyone’s an expert at something and it’s not as hard if you think, which leads me to my next point.
My tip number 4 is to write every day. Once you’ve decided to discard those limiting beliefs, because you recognize that they won’t get you anywhere, and once you adopt the empowering belief that anyone can write a book if they choose to set their mind to it.
The reason it’s important to write every day is because, not only will it strengthen develop and improve your skills of the writer, but it will help you create content for your book. Something I highly recommend doing is starting a blog. I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s been a very helpful tool.
Some of the books I’ve written I didn’t even know I was going to write. I wasn’t even planning on writing them, but tyrants began to emerge with the content that I was blogging about, that I realized that I had enough content for several books. All I have to do is kind of tweak my blog post and reformat them to create a book.
Another reason writing everyday, specifically for a did you publish, is important is because it can help you build a following of individuals who are eager to buy your book. You may be wondering ,well why would people want to buy a book of mine if I already share it all the information on my blog?’
The answer to that would be that in writing a book you’re putting it into a different format and you’re also tweaking things and adding more substance so that you’re providing more value in your books than you would in a typical blog post.
You want to share quality information and helpful advice but you want to save your juiciest information for your book. I definitely know what it’s like to have ideas of mine stolen or taken from my blog and used by other people, so you want to hook people in with blogging but do so without giving everything away.
You want to create intrigue but don’t give away your best secrets. It’s like on my youtube channel, I share what a lot of people consider a helpful tips but my books are really where the juicy stuff is. Finally, writing every day is important because it breaks down the daunting task of writing a book by breaking it into smaller segments.
If you think about it, if you right just one page a day for six months, that’s 180 pages. If you write a page a day for a year that’s 365 pages. That’s a pretty decent sized book, so anyone who said things like writing a book is too hard or it’s too time-consuming, when you break it down in a smaller bit it really becomes something that’s seen as much more doable and less of this ginormous monstrous task that’s intimidating for you to tackle.
I hope you enjoyed these tips. If you did, please be sure to give a thumbs up, share it with your friends and subscribe for more videos. Also let me know in the comments below if you would be interested in me creating a book writing eCourse.
I have a lot more tips that I can share on the subject, such as how to go about publishing, how to get artists to create artwork for your book, how you can create your own artwork, how to outsource for an editor, how to pick a title that sells and so much more.
If that’s something that you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you’re interested in purchasing any of my books, I’ll put the links to those below as well. That’s all for this video. Thanks so much for watching, as always. I wish you a phenomenal week and I will see you all in the next video. Until then, take care.