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ServiceScape Incorporated
ServiceScape Incorporated
2018

10 Secrets About Writing a Novel That Only a Few People Know

Want to write a novel? In this video, I discuss 10 secrets to getting one written and beating writer's block, including advice from an author who has sold over 350 million copies of his books worldwide.

Here are the secrets I'll cover:

  1. Know how your novel will end.
  2. Make an outline, a narrative map, and then deviate from it often.
  3. Know your characters' voices and backstories.
  4. Write at least 1,000 words a day, even if you're not feeling it.
  5. Write every day.
  6. Eliminate all distractions from your writing environment, including Internet access.
  7. Don't revise while writing, just write.
  8. It will likely be a different book at the end than the one you started out writing, but that's okay.
  9. Read. Your success as a writer will be directly tied to your reading habits.
  10. Work with a developmental editor who knows the industry and knows the audience you need to reach.

If you need a character sketch after watching the video, you can download a free character sketch template here.

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