How to Write Your First Novel

your first novel

There is no question that being able to write an entire novel can be a difficult task because you need to be able to create something that people are going to want to read from start to finish and this means that you can’t simply write anything that comes to your mind without considering how engaging and logical it is.

The length of the novel

Keep in mind that you need at least 4000 to 5000 words in order to be able to call your work a novel. It might seem like five thousand words are not that hard to finish if you are a fast writer.

Most people who can type fast are able to write 5000 words in 3 to 4 hours if they know exactly what they will be writing about, but things are different with a novel.

You need to take your time and create something that captures the attention of your readers.

Start writing whatever comes to mind first

It’s actually a very good idea to just write anything that comes to your mind first and once you have about 1000 words, you can stop and look back at the things that you consider to be useful for your novel.

Maybe you will be able to use a good percentage of what you write and that can be polished and used for guidance for the development of the entire novel.

Use the Pomodoro system

There is a very good system called Pomodoro and it allows you to time your work and your breaks. You do 25 minutes of work and then take a 5-minute break.

For writing, you should consider a variation of 30 to 40 minutes of work and then a 10-minute break.

Make sure you don’t think about the novel or do anything related to writing during those 10 minutes of recess.

Read novels with similar topics

It always helps to read other novels that have similar topics to the one you are writing. Take the time to analyze other novels and see how they structure their content.

Read at least 2 or three to compare them and see which one caught your attention the most.

That is the one you should try to emulate in structure, not by taking the ideas, just the strategies used to get your attention.

Get people to read it

Look for people you trust who you know to love reading novels and let them read the raw version of the novel you created.

This is going to give you the chance to hear the opinion of that people have and you need to ask them to be completely honest with you.

You should also let them know that you won’t feel bad at all if you give constructive criticism and you need this to make your novel great.

That will make them feel comfortable about saying the things they don’t like about it, so make sure that you make this very clear to them before you ask for their opinion.


You need to keep in mind that wiring a novel is all about being able to create something that people are going to enjoy at an emotional level.

A good writer is always going to be able to write something that makes people feel any kind of emotion and that is what you should aim for.

It could be sadness, excitement, anger, fear, joy. The point is that they need to feel something in order for your writing to be effective.

If you don’t feel anything when you write it, they won’t either.

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