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I am often asked - how do you write novels? I am often told by the person asking - so politely -

                                        "It is my dream to write a novel"
                                        "I wish I could write"
                                        "I would love to write my novel on ..."
I let people know I am on my third novel. It is rare to meet a writer, rarely someone who has realised their dream, and who has produced a book. Rarer still to find a published author --- why? it seems so easy.....when you read them.

Many try their hand at it and stop after the first few pages. Their dream unrealised, their plans -- put on hold, their bucket list stopped.  Many a great novelist, paused in their journey. They write out a plan, detailed, do character thoughts and notes, research and then write..... to stop at the ideas, throwing everything in the bin...shoulders down...defeated because "it is trash".......

Here is a typical day in the writing of my books to let you understand to committment required, and then....ask yourself.....can you do this? If the answer is yes.....and you have to be 100 percent sure on the yes.... take that pen / computer / typewriter and go for it.

Today as I sit here writing this piece on "How Do You Write Novels" - I am heading towards the end of my third written novel. Already today I have the ending in mind, and I am sitting here thinking - how do I get this character into the novel?? - it seems impossible. I have researched, googled, spoken to people about how to get the character in - but to no avail - it just seems too unrealistic. But I know this character will be in there somehow - in the end. I have gotten completely unrealistic ideas - tried to wish it away by saying "Oh I will include a photograph of the person" - maybe it can just be they are "in the back of the bus", minimise the character somehow, but in reality it is not going to be. This is a big character.  I know this book will not be ended without it.

Today - and it is not even lunch time - I have written some poems, written this short beginners guide, looked at writings, and I am sitting beside novels from others whom I have seen speak and spoken to in the past. Some of them commenting it took over 20 years to write and produce their novel.  I put on a chapter yesterday in the third book, and have written short sayings and lines as I woke. The chapter yesterday, now saved, has highlighted a whole area I need to explore in the book - and alas, just as I have started to write this line in this beginners guide - I have other thoughts on the follow up chapter and where these characters are going. I am working towards an ending I got "while driving my car" down the main road. It is the ending (I hope - it has changed so many times) and to be realistic - I am not going to really know the ending until I write it.

WHAT - you say - you don't know what is happening in your own book?  The characters have thoughts of their own - WHAT rubbish - you say. But it is true. "Utter rubbish" you mumble under your breath... I have plans upon plans here - what is this beginners guide saying??

Novel writing is practice, practice, practise. Seeing things and fitting them somehow in, knowing where the plot is going (sometimes), understanding that you "may have lost the plot" (and I smile as I write that --- because it is totally true) and knowing it will all be sorted out in the end. I laugh at this - because ..... I have no idea where my creative flow might lead me.

And then, when I think I have an idea, I sit down and write the chapter, and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted. ARGGGHHH - these characters seem to have a mind of their own, and they are wanting to impose their own thoughts and ideals on me and where this novel is headed.  I hate some of my characters and have to live with them, and then -- hoping against hope that I get to kill them off -- it may never happen.

In my 2nd novel, I started writing it quickly at first, it all flowing nicely  -- got three quarters of the way through and thought ----- OH NO --- what is going to happen in the end, and I halted, unable to continue. It lay dormant for months - not wanting things to turn out that way, but alas, it is the will of the book and the will of the character.

I research, send emails, attend writing / reading conferences, read others work and I am surrounded by writing and most importantly by ideas and inspirations. I speak about novel writing and writing in general.

I will sit down shortly and continue my story, in between my life.

This is what it takes to write your novel. Without this level of passion and inspiration, DAILY thoughts, ultimately you will resign your own novel, to the pits of the rubbish tip.

But shortly, ever so shortly, I will be headed towards the last page, not even knowing it is the last page and will save my novel, knowing it is ready to read.

I encourage you to give it a go. See if it is your passion.....and then carry on from there. Your book is already all there - you just need to discover it.

Happy Novel Writing......

Tina White is a published writer, living in Australia and currently writing her third novel, editing more and enjoying writing books thoroughly. Her bio and upcoming chapters, novel thoughts and ideas can be found on her DA profile at

Read all about one of those LOVE/HATE characters and a sample chapter "He Made Me Smile"  below -

Text - He Made Me Smile Sample ChapterHe was like a large teddy bear, all wrapped up in Christmas paper for you. Just when you thought no one cared in the world – there he appeared bounding happy and caring, a gentleman to you.
And he sat there and said such wonderful things  - how smart you were and  "hey look at this" and you could almost guess what his family makeup was. He had a brother for sure, but no sisters. You could tell by his confidence and his smile that it was internally happy. Just everything about him was happiness and deep caring. And you deeply cared back.
You could get lost in his ways – how he worried about you and cared for you and wanted to be there for you in your dire moments.
And you sat there and whispered to him things that you should not really say, softly into his ear, because hey – you had both come from the same background anyway.
20 years of the same stuff it seemed, and jointly between you was a smile and a deep caring that only you two would know.
And you knew instantly,  ev

Introducing Evan - An InterviewEvan and his thoughts.
Even reading it back and editing......I laugh.
"It was the hard nights and liquor, the women and the sex that had taken over his nights now"
"His certificate was there, proving beyond a doubt he knew what he was talking about"
"And he knew from within his tormented soul. This is why he went to college and did what he did. This was it and he darn well better not fuck it up"
An Interview with Evan – My Main Character.
Welcome to our interview, with Evan, starring character in Book 3, Tina White.
"Evan Welcome"
"Hi, we have to make this quick you know"
"Ok Evan – tell us a little about yourself as a character"
"Why do you want to know that?"
"Ah—why not"
"It is a personal question – I was wondering why you were asking that"
"It's an interview"
"Mmmmm – I did not get that bulletin"
"Ok, Evan – what are your hobbies and thoughts"
"Look I care about you, you know and this interview process – I did years of schooling and such – I'm not so sure this interview is for me"

Enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

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0AnakinSkywalkerGo0 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, this is really good. Writing is my only real talent, so I don't want to give up on it. I look for inspiration to keep me going, and this was really good. Thanks for posting. :)
tinaaw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the comment on my writing tutorial
0AnakinSkywalkerGo0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
wolfydrawer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
i love how you give writing tips and stuff like this because i often get writers block (not a published author but i'm sure that i will either become an author or just have it as a hobby, i love writing too much to stop and i always have too many ideas popping up). Whenever i have a new idea for a book or just a good idea for one, i write it down where i put all my other ideas, it helps so i don't forget it. I often have great ideas for an ending or in the middle of the book but its almost rare that i get one for the beginning and that's how i get writers block, which frustrates me to no end, but i stop for however long and soon enough an idea will come up and i'm back on to writing ^-^
tinaaw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
THanks for your comments on writing a novel. I understand the frustration of getting an ending for the book - or even a chapter. Most times getting it off my mind - waiting a while works and then there is the moment of "why did I not see that ending before". Feel free to follow my latest book on Thanks
Eryshta Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I seem to have the same kind of problem that you... I partly imagine what I want to write, I know the ideas, the great lines, but when I want to write it down I either can't start it at all (thought in my mind, it's quite clear...), or I don't know how to bring this idea in th story or there's a part missing just at the moment I started to write (part that I perfectly know was in my mind but a few moments ago...).
I'm not a published author, but I belong to those who wants to be... I think that I needed to read/see someone else than my friends say I must think of it all the time if I want to make something good... Anyway, thanks for this , it may help me.
tinaaw Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just start it..things will flow and then you will get the hang of writing the novel.
Eryshta Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hope it.
BlueLeafeon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The one thing that often goes unsaid in things like these, is that not everyone has enough imagination and creativity to write fiction. Biographies maybe, but not fiction. Because often enough, their characters are really just the writer--self implemented. And you can't just have a whole book based on you.

The other thing I notice on people who want to write, is that they spend TOO MUCH time stressing over insignificant details. This results in them getting absolutely nothing done.
tinaaw Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Regardless, everyone is creative enough and has enough imagination, and if they really want to write the book - they will write it, improve and continue on. I agree with stress over the insignificant details - it stops a lot of writers after the first chapter or so. Things that are small can be picked up when you go back and edit like - he is wearing a blue shirt there and a white shirt somewhere else

My thoughts is to "just write" about what ever you want to write about - ultimately it is a reflection of the person who is writing it and their life and times that they live in, regardless.
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