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November 26, 2008

How to write a novel – web resources

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Not everyone can afford to enroll in creative writing classes, but that doesn’t mean a new writer is doomed to remain looking like an amateur.  There are a lot of “free” resources online with advice, methods, and guidelines to writing that first novel and I’d like to share some of them with my readers.  Enjoy!

The Snowflake Method

A WikiHow article

Lots of links etc. from About.com

author Simon Haynes shares info. on many aspects of novel writing

Advice from published author Justine Larbalestier

A humorous article on how not to write a novel

Check out this wordpress blog on novel writing

Also check out http://www.amazon.com and type “how to write a novel” into the search box for thousands of books related to this subject.

Okay, I’ve done a bit of the groundwork for you.  But don’t spend all your time reading the “how tos” and the “how not tos”.  Get out that pad and paper or your laptop and get writing. 

That’s the only real way anyone ever wrote a novel.  You have to write!

Good luck with your book


  1. I did it the old fashioned way. I just sat down and wrote and wrote and wrote and then edited and edited.

    The result is called, “The Flame of Heaven” by Andrew P. Wright. Available on Amazon and Barnes& Nobel

    If I can do it so can you. Trust me, there is nothing precious about me.

    Here is the blurb:
    A vivid tale of revenge that spans two worlds—united by the mysterious power of an evil curse that seeks the destruction of an ancient enemy in, The Flame of Heaven, by author Andrew Wright.

    In a time when Babylon dominates the world, Queen Jezebel knows she is about to die, but she is intent on having her revenge. Through her nefarious witchcraft she creates a mysterious object of power and uses Obrahim, her spiritual slave as its keeper.

    Thomas Dekker, a young archaeologist applies for a post in the British Museum and is instantly caught up in a world of dangerous intrigue and black mail. Through a long forgotten curse, Dekker is brought face to face with great evil…

    Filled with sweeping drama, gripping suspense and mysterious power, The Flame of Heaven will keep you at the edge of your seat, wondering—who is this presence who speaks through the mouth of an old acquaintance, and what is his purpose?

    Publisher’s website: http://www.StrategicBookPublishing.com/TheFlameofHeaven.html

    Comment by apwrightflame — November 27, 2008 @ 2:24 AM | Reply

  2. Yep, I’ve got 2 completed book manuscripts (one on final revision and then out to agents) and three more over half finished.

    I don’t have trouble writing a full length book at all, but I know lots of amateur writers who do so I thought this article might give them all a kick start.

    Good luck with your books.

    Comment by dramaquill — November 27, 2008 @ 1:13 PM | Reply

  3. Thanks for the links! I’m sure they’ll be quite helpful!

    Comment by Alyx — October 18, 2010 @ 12:36 PM | Reply

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