How to Write a Novel for November’s National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is held in November and invites writers from around the world to come together to write 50,000 words in just 30 days (from November 1st to 30th). 

This guide will give you the tools to get started and see your novel through to completion. Learn how to create a novel with the following steps. 

How To Write a Novel

1. Choose your story 2. Create your character 3. Outline your plot 4. Write your first draft 5. Write additional draft 6. Edit and revise your novel

The first step to writing a novel is deciding on the story and the genre it fits within. You will spend a lot of time in this world, so pick something you are genuinely interested in. 

1. Choose Your Story

Your characters will be the people (or animals, aliens, etc.) who inhabit your novel's world. They need to be interesting and three-dimensional so that readers will care about them and want to follow their story.

2. Create Your Character

3. Outline Your Plot

Before you start writing your novel, it's a good idea to outline your plot. This will give you a roadmap to follow as you write and help you stay on track.

4. Start Writing Your First Draft

Now comes the tricky part: writing your first draft. You get to put your ideas down on paper (or screen). Just let yourself write, and don't worry too much about perfection. 

5. Write Additional Draft

Once you've written your first draft, it's time to revise. This is where you take a step back and look at your whole story. What works and what doesn't? Are there any holes in the plot? 

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