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Why is starting your novel a problem?


In my earlier post, I discussed eBook prices. Now, however, it’s time to wind back the clock a bit and focus on a different topic entirely.

Writing your novel.

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It sounds easy: Write the start, the middle, and then the end. Get the characters from point A to point B and once the final climax has happened, dive into the editing process. Editing is another topic entirely that I’ll focus on in a future post.

Back to writing.

It sounds simple. It sounds like something everyone can do. Maybe everyone can. Sure, throw down a few words and call it a draft, a novel – a book.  What so many people fail to realize is how much thought and planning goes into novels. Some get a spark of inspiration and start right away, their fingers a blur as they type away, struggling to keep up with their muse, who leads them perfectly from start to finish.

Others plot out every detail, every chapter, and every character before they start writing. Again, others plot out major events – a handful of scenes that steer the story in the right direction, and then let their muse deal with the rest.

I’m a half-plotter. I know major events key to the story and must simply move from event to event, scene to scene, filling in the gaps.

Starting the novel would help that situation.

Since I finished, Tales of The Forbidden on December 31st, all I’ve wanted to do is edit. Revise the monstrosity that I know that draft is. I refuse to edit before February 1st, to distance myself from it for a month so that I will spot more mistakes when the time finally comes. The problems start when I sit down to focus on Book Two.

Mercy of The Forbidden.

I wrote the prologue without a problem. On January 1st, the 885 words that formed the prologue sat neatly on a page. I had the urge, I wanted to start the second novel.

Now, uncertainties plague me.

I have two ways the first chapter could go and figuring out which to use is tearing me apart. It’s a draft. I just need to write it. I know this, but still I have this fear that is holding me back. Maybe after working on one novel for so long, the thought of starting a new one scares me.

That doesn’t mean I’ll sit back and let that fear take control. I’ll enjoy a break this weekend – after all, tomorrow is my birthday. Nineteen. Twenty is approaching, as my parents keep reminding me.

I may take a break now, but come Monday, this draft will get underway.

The only way for you to fix the problem of starting your draft?


What are your tips when it comes to the struggle that is writing?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

5 thoughts on “Why is starting your novel a problem?

  1. You could always draft *both* beginnings and see which you like best later. 😉

    A very Happy Birthday to you!


  2. Great post. I enjoyed reading your blog today.

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  3. Pingback: Knowing your limits: Can you say “enough”? | Natasha McNeely's Guide to The Beyond

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