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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 tinaaw.deviantart.com/

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. :)
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the comment on my writing tutorial
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0AnakinSkywalkerGo0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
:D
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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 ^-^
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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 www.facebook.com/tinawhiteauthor. Thanks
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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.
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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.
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Eryshta Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hope it.
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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.
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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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KikuMizu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
My problem isn't ideas...
1. I have too many ideas and can't pick one or lose one flow and switch to another
2. I have too many hobbies.

I am working on making a schedule to include an hour a day and spread the time out evenly so I don't have to get rid of any. It was a nice guide though. One my friends has an idea here and there but then she can't produce the words to make it. I might see next time if I could be her ghost writer, since a joint story with another friend of mine went a lot longer than I expected.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good thoughts here - I might produce another tutorial about scheduling to prevent ideas being lost or thoughts for new novel writers vs seasoned writers or giving up altogether.

Thanks!!
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KikuMizu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I look forward to it.
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hildur-k-o Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Big like. Second book in the works on my end, nice to read that am not the on lie one having arguments white my self while plotting and writing;)
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspiring! Hell yesh XD
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just add a note her about a week after I wrote this. I did the next chapter and it is basically what i wrote for the ending in my mind - but I know it is not the end. So I am writing to an ending I am yet to know. It is frustrating, totally frustrating. I have no idea where this thing is headed and I am actually trying to figure it out within my life.

"I am sitting here writing it, and reading it at the same time" T White.
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Aqua-Amethyst-Angel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Writer
take ur time i will add it when done if u send it to me
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JawaBoxerEOD Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm in my sophmore year in high school and I think writing stories is what I want to do with my life. I enjoy writing and learning what my limits are and working to surpass them. Your guide has inspired me, thank you.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks - I hope it is inspiring for others to understand the passion and committment it requires to write a book, and to continue writing the series.

Thanks
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"learning what my limits are and working to surpass them" JawaBoxerEOD - your book will help you do this - you will slowly write it out - and it works - whatever that limit may be.

Thanks
Tina.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And I will add on for you JawaBoxerEOD - there is a reason why you "love" or 'hate" your characters, there is a reason why I sit here and speak about Evan so much - one of my main characters - clearly my character Evan is "Learning what my limits are and working to surpass them" - Evans not so bad - its the other character that I am yet to discuss = that is what I need to deal with. I wont be able to end the book - until this happens as you cannot write about it if you dont know it in your heart. This is why you lose the plot, get confused, and when you work it out - you get your ending.

Hope that helps you.

Thanks
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danydiniz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. You are right, the characters, once well developed by the writer, start to have own will and life. I am not a writer, but I always wanted to write a novel or something, just like you mentioned. The main reason I have never finished something I've written is because I start to hate what's already done and never think it is good enough. I never move on. But the story is all happening in my head. One day I might be able to finish it, who knows? :)
But you're right, writing requires not only creativity, but (a lot of!) dedication.
Thank you for your inspiring guide.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there, Thanks for your thoughts on the guide. I am currently writing my third book here and thought to write the current process as to why I continue, knowing many don't.
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danydiniz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to read that! ;)
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us! :hug:
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks - please feel free to watch my pages for upcoming chapters. The book is a long way off being finished - but I have the end in sight.

Thanks for your comments.
T White
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for putting this up. I found it very interesting.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for your thoughts on my novel writing journal - hope you got that novel started.
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Novels* (or stories at least) :D I've got about a dozen ideas in various stages of being written down/researched. :)
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful. Glad you liked the tutorial. The current book I am writing, is nearly completed and I had this idea for many many years before I sat down to "write it", though it had been thought of for ages. Hope you can continue writing.
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes me feel better about taking my time.
Thanks a lot.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am glad this has helped you in some way. 

Please check out my facebook for updates on www.facebook.com/tinawhiteauth….
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Done.
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Mickymouse55 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. It's very inspiring, and I like it.
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank - I hope it helps someone take up writing as a hobby.
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Mickymouse55 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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