It is often said as a joke that everyone wants to write a novel, but that no one really does. If you are a writer, you are probably always telling people about the ideas that you have, but how often do those turn into finished products? The problem might be that you just are not sure where to begin. Here are a few tips that can help you out.
1. Write some character sketches.
These are sort of like scenes, but they are more for developing the character than anything else. They help you get to know the character so that you can write about them effectively, knowing what they would do and say in any situation, once you start. The sketches could be any length; even just a few paragraphs will do.
2. Research your topic.
So you want to write about a boy who wants to become an astronaut; how much do you really know about what it would take for him to do this? Research your topic to find out. This works for all topics, not just becoming an astronaut. It can help you get all of the details right, and it can also help you feel inspired to start writing.
3. Write some of it by hand.
Often, writing by hand is inspiring because it does not feel as sterile as writing on a computer. Ernest Hemingway famously liked to write in cafes and bars. Get some handcrafted leather journals from jennibick.com, go to your favorite coffee shop, and jot down some text. Even if you do your main work on the computer, this can help you start.
4. Do not be intimidated by the whole project.
Many people think about writing hundreds of pages and decide right there that they cannot do it. Do not think about your novel this way. Just think about writing the first scene. Move on to the first chapter. Take it in little pieces and you will be much more likely to finish the whole thing.
5. Edit when you are finished.
Editing takes a lot of time. If you do not have much motivation to finish, it can crush what little you do have. You will get bogged down. You are better off to write it all as fast as you can so that you actually complete the book, and then you can edit it at the end of the project.