Wondering how to start a novel?
Well, avoid these 25 mistakes and you’ll be well on your way.
This list was made in honor of NaNoWriMo, which started yesterday, and I post it as a tribute to all those souls trying to knock out 50,000 words in a mere 30 days. Good luck to all of you.
But if you want more than luck, read these tips for how to start a novel and avoid some frequent pitfalls!
Congratulations! You’ve put together a wonderful collection of words, and now comes the scary part: can you get it published?
Unfortunately, there’s no simple 5-step plan to publication, but there are great guidelines that I’m going to reveal to you that will help you on your way.
Pick Your Sub-Genre and List “Comps”
Humor writing is everywhere. Take Macbeth, for example. Why else would Shakespeare have a scene with a drunken porter discussing the pros and cons of alcohol on libido right after Macbeth murders the king? “Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes;/ it provokes the desire, but it takes/away the performance. (Act II, Scene III)”
Shakespeare’s drunken porter was more than just goofy; he is a perfect example of contrast and dramatic irony.
Humor analysis is never black and white, but it’s important to explore, even though, in the words of E.B. White, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” To learn to write better novels, we as writers need to take things apart, even if it gets a bit slimy. So don’t be a worrywart. Even if some jokes end up croaking, the ones you make in the future will be better.
Like the Shakespeare example, the collage of information in this article will spice up your writing, inspire you, and make you laugh.