How to write your first novel – Part 2

Hello people. If you didn’t get a chance to catch up with the first part of this post, you might want to do that right now. It talks about the first two steps of writing your first novel. Now, let’s talk further.

STEP 3: APPLAUD YOURSELF
Writing a book is a huge monumental task. Fulfilling but monumental. And you would need the proper mindset to see it through.

  1. Change your goals.
    Yes you read that right. If your goal is to write a book, you’ll be empty after you’ve done it. Because, your goal was to write a book, you’ve done it, what next? But if your goal is to BE A WRITER and keep becoming a better writer with every book, then your whole perspective changes.
  2. Do it for the love of it.
    If you are doing it for anything except the love of writing, you’re doing it wrong. Because then, you’ll push yourself to write. And push wears you out. But when you’re pulled towards being a writer and a storyteller, you won’t be able to stop yourself from doing it.
  3. Be Proud.
    Every fourth person you meet wants to write a book. How many do it? Be proud of every word you crunch, every character you create and every story you finish. It takes grit to make it to ‘THE END’.

STEP 4: FIND A COMMUNITY
If you’re in college and have a literature society, great!
If you’re a part of a local reader’s group, ask people who are wannabe writers and make a group.
If nothing else, find a community online. There are so many of us. And we all need a sense of camaraderie. Help every way you can. Encourage. Spread positivity. Give back. Because what goes around, comes around.

BONUS TIP: WHAT WRITER’S BLOCK IS AND WHAT IT’S NOT
If you think writer’s block is just a reasonable and cool excuse to convince yourself that it’s okay you haven’t written for months, then you’re fooling no one but yourself. But that doesn’t mean it’s not real. It sure is. It’s as real as the turmeric stain on a chef’s apron. It stares in your face when you open that laptop and type three words but delete four. Don’t ask me how. It happens! While there are many reasons, most common ones are staying away from writing for too long, thinking your idea was way better in your head or lack of the perfect word. And did I mention, staying away from writing for too long?


Generic solution to this problem (because like I said before, I’m not here to just wave theories around but to give you some actionable tips) is a Mind dump. What is it? It’s exactly what it sounds like. So you grab a pen and a notebook (don’t choose a word doc in this context). Sit somewhere quiet, without distracting elements like mobile phone or annoying family members. And start writing the first things that comes to mind. Then next and then another. Until you fill three pages. Don’t worry about making it pretty. Remember, it’s a dump. It’s supposed to stink. But it’s also supposed to clean your system. You’ll feel better afterwards. Repeat as necessary.


With that, I’d like to bid you goodbye. If it helps, I have complete faith in you that you WILL write your first book and then many more. Meanwhile if you ever need more help, reach out to me. I have a Facebook author page by my name and an Instagram Account.

Until next time,
Happily,
Rubina.

A doctor by profession, Rubina is an avid reader and is known to devour many books a day. She cannot help being amazed by the beauty of subtle emotions so she writes stories about them. You will find a friend in her stories and if lucky, maybe yourself.
With two wildly successful feel-good novels (Lost and Found: An almost love story and Sticks and Stones: Another almost love story) under her belt, she’s now working on the third one which is due to release in January, 2020.

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