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How To Write A Novel In 4 Months

Hi everyone, how are you doing today? I love writing! It has been a hobby of mine since I was 12 years old. As I grew older, my hobby soon turned into a passion, and then published books. As I continue to grow as a writer, I’ve developed a system for how I write my novels. I understand that not everyone will write a novel as fast as I have, still; I want to share how I wrote a novel in 4 months!

Table Of Contents

Month One: Story and Outline

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For the first month, I write down a summary of the story. I write no more than a paragraph to start getting my writing juices flowing. Next, I write a chapter-by-chapter summary of what is happening in the plot. This structure I follow to set up my story: Chapters 1 through 6 are the opening/exposition, Chapters 7-15 are the rising action/climax, and Chapters 16 beyond is the falling action/resolution. I know that some chapters are maybe shorter or longer. Even in my books, it may not have this exact structure, but it’s a good layout to follow if you are stuck. 

Especially if your book ends up being more than say 30 plus chapters, this method wouldn’t work the best for you. I do find that outlining works better for people who like more organized and a planned out idea to start off with. Though there are other people who work better just starting off with an idea or a question and continuing from there. But if you are trying to write your story within a set timeline, I believe an outline is the best way to go about this.

Month Two: Begin to Write!

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After I’ve outlined the story, it’s time to write! Now, I know I write fast. This part can take you as long as you need it. I understand sometimes it hard to write down or type your thoughts, but it is possible. Sometimes we have writer’s block, but all things will soon come to fruition.

And there are tons of ways to over overcome writer’s block. Some examples being listening to music, taking a walk, or a taking nap. I like to watch documentaries or listen to music to get my brain juices flowing again. 

Month Three: Keep Writing!

Don’t worry about how much you write a day. Just know to keep writing! Think of the 8 Rules for writing books:

  • “1. Write 50 words, that makes a paragraph.
  • 2. Write 400 words, that’s a page.
  • 3. Write 300 pages, that’s a manuscript.
  • 4. Write every day, that’s a habit.
  • 5. Edit and rewrite, that’s how you get better.
  • 6. Spread your writing for people to comment, that’s called feedback.
  • 7. Don’t worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer.
  • 8. When not writing read. Read from writers better than you. Read and perceive.”

-Ajay Ohri

No one is saying you need to write 5 paragraphs, or 8 pages, or even 20 pages in one day. It’s all about going at your pace. Just continue at it until you reach the end of your story. Occasionally, since I’ve already had everything outlined, I’ll skip in between certain chapters or sub-chapters.

Then I go back and fill in the chapters I skipped. I usually do this when I have writer’s block or when I feel myself slowing down on the scene in the story.

Month Four: Finish and Edit!

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Well, now you’ve finished your first draft! Hooray! This causes for some celebration. Either tweet about it, post it, or buy yourself a slice of cake. You’ve done something a lot of people can’t do, and you should be proud of it.

Now is time for what I believe is the hardest and longest part of the book process, editing. I believe one or two good professional editors are needed for any book, either if it’s self-published, traditionally published, or hybrid.

Try to edit yourself too and don’t forget about beta readers. They’re just as important as any editor is. Everyone’s editing procedure is different, but for me, I usually do one or two professional editors, share it to some sensitive readers, and a handful of beta readers. 

I haven’t decided yet if beta reading then professional editing is more productive or is professional editing before beta reading is. Though I do tend to lean towards allowing beta readers to look at my work before it’s professionally edited. I did this with my last book and the results were great. Still, I have at least one to two other beta readers look over my work after it’s professionally edited as well. In total, there’s about 5 to 7 different people looking at my drafted/edited work.

Well, thank you for reading! I hope this helps some of you in your writing journey. Best of wishes to you all and remember live, love, laugh. 

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Guest Post By Winnie Tataw

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Winnifred, or Winnie, Tataw has had a lifelong love of literature and art. As a writer, she wants to create beautiful fantasy world(s) with compelling and intriguing characters. She resides in South Carolina and is an undergraduate at the College of Charleston. She loves to spread positivity and joy to those around her, and look at the world through a glittery pink lens.

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2 thoughts on “How To Write A Novel In 4 Months”

  1. Thank you, Winnie Tataw!
    You gave us all some incredible advice and you laid it out so simply that made it clear and easy to follow.

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