How to Write a Novel

It's easy to write a novel. Just commit 80,000 to 100,000 words to paper (350-400 pages) that have interesting characters, lively dialogue, and an intriguing plot, all in a setting painted with powerfully descriptive phrases, sentences, and paragraphs, capable of holding a reader's attention for seven to ten hours.

Voilą. Now you can move into a mansion like James Patterson's on Palm Beach... but seriously...

Hemingway said, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." He was speaking specifically of that one small part of writing—the first draft.

The process has been reduced to four stages. It's not as daunting as it appears if you get organized and take the steps in order. You should read through each Stage completely—perhaps all the Stages—before continuing.

It's understood that you may be anywhere in process as you arrive here. You may be at Stage IV. But please review all the steps from the beginning. You'll be surprised how much your manuscript can be massaged.

Bon voyage.
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How to Write a Novel
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