Putting ideas into action

Here’s a good piece from Aussie author and blogger John Birmingham on how to plan and write a novel.

The prevailing wisdom is that a full time author will need the best part of a year to write and rewrite a novel.

For part-timers like me, it’s a matter of taking every free moment and guarding it like gold bullion. Game as Ned was completed in an empty room over some friends’ garage so I could sandbag away the distractions that come with small children, the Internet, email and sundry domestic demands. Five Parts Dead has been part-written in a web-free upstairs living room supplied by other generous friends who knew my study wasn’t as author-friendly as it should be.

Venues aside, it takes discipline and sweat to write a novel. It’s not easy. It can steal your sleep and sap your confidence. But when the muse is singing, it’s magical.

Here are some other novel writing tips, coming via the Wall Street Journal.

6 thoughts on “Putting ideas into action”

  1. These tips are wonderful! thanks so much for sharing them, (exquisitely timed I may add)

    Those friends of yours? Dont spose they want to RENT that space by any chance lol 🙂

  2. Tim Tim Tim- that JB link isn’t working! Any chance you can re-post? (You know, in all the spare time you have). I am just starting work on novel three and would love to be reminded how to plan and write a novel- I seem to have forgotten since writing novels i, ii, 1, and (hopefully) 2.
    Hope all is well- off to try and get that Text link to open so I can see your book!

  3. “To deliver a manuscript for a 160,000 word novel…”

    Hah! Bet you blanched when you saw that! I did and you know I’m a word-churning machine (at least in *your* mind).
    Great link though- really needed to read some of that right now as I’m fronting up to my most ambitious novel yet (ie. this one isn’t just all about nice middle-class white people having various life crises. Only about 90% of it!). Must say I’ve always gone for the plan, plan, plan method, but I realise different authors work differently.
    Hope the edits for 5PD have gone swimmingly…

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