Simple Rules To Help You Write Your Novel Quickly

By on October 29, 2020

Writing a novel can’t always be a super speedy process, and there are certain things that you will need to take your time over. However, if you find yourself procrastinating and the whole process becoming painfully slow, it might be helpful to know some tips to ensure you get the first draft of your novel down because if you take too long, you might lose motivation altogether. 

So what can you do to write your novel quickly? 

Get your structure sorted before you start

The more planning you can do, the more straightforward the writing process will be. While some writers enjoy writing more spontaneously, for most of us, this seems like a good idea at the time, and then they run out of steam. Create a complex and detailed outline that covers all your plot points, create chapter outlines, character arcs, and details of the main dramatic conflicts as well as your setting so that you have all the details clear in your mind before you begin. It’s also good to consider at this stage what you know about yourself as a writer already. Which bits do you struggle with the most? Paying particular attention to these early on will ensure you don’t hit a roadblock later, or if you do, you’ll feel fully equipped to deal with it and move on. 

Get super organized

If you want to keep your momentum and motivation high, you need to start being strict with yourself. Not only do you need a water-tight writing regime that you prioritize above all else, but also systems in place to track and organize your ideas. Nothing will slow you down more than having a brain wave and then searching back through scribbled notes and disorganized pieces of writing to attempt to find what you are looking for. If you want to ensure your book doesn’t have any inconsistencies and plot holes, idea tracking will also ensure you don’t have to keep going back over your manuscript to avoid contradicting something you wrote earlier. By staying organized you can keep your timeframe and the details of your world accessible and to hand whenever needed. 

Now is not the time for tinkering

Speedy novel writing means putting your nose to the grindstone and getting those words onto the page. If you while away the hours tinkering and editing and trying to perfect each sentence, you won’t get anywhere fast. Instead, let the first draft be rough and sort the finer details later on. Just keep moving forward even if you find yourself cringing at the last thing you wrote. 

Write in shorthand and leave bits you are stuck on

Writing in shorthand can be an excellent way to get the story out while saving you time. If you haven’t quite figured out how each scene will link together or how everything plays out, it’s also OK to skip over or just jot down a few ideas and sentences and come back to them later rather then getting stuck on something and feeling like your getting nowhere with it. 

Keep tasks small and manageable

Writing a novel is a mammoth task, so if you divide the things you have to do into bite-sized chunks, you will feel less overwhelmed and can tackle one thing at a time, moving ever closer to your goal of completing that first draft as you do!

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