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How to Write a Novel in 3 Months or Fewer

Tips for Writing a Novel This Year

By Brian Klems, Online Editor

Digital Issue: Writer's Digest Write Your Novel in 30 Days

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If you want to accomplish your lifelong goal of becoming a novelist, you need not only to learn how to write a novel but also to force yourself to sit down and write. Writing a novel isn’t something you can do overnight—but with a little guidance, it is something you accomplish in just over that.

 

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Novel in a Month? Tips on How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

Many writers take years to write a novel while many more continue to write and still never complete a first draft. It’s time to forget about procrastination and knock out a first draft in just 30 days—that’s right, you can write novels in 30 days. With the guidance of Book in a Month, you’ll learn how to set achievable goals, manage your time, develop imaginative story ideas and push your way through to finish your manuscript. If you struggle with the middle part of your novel, you’ll want to read 5 Techniques to Keep Your Story Moving Forward, featured in Write Your Novel in 30 Days (another great resource that pulls together writing advice from different authors and their different approaches). Or, if what you need is a step-by-step manual to outlining a novel and then writing it, you’ll want First Draft in 30 Days. All of these will give you the tools to reach your dreams of completing a novel. The only thing you need is determination and self-discipline—these resources can help you take care of the rest.

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When you’re working a day job it may seem unreasonable to crank out a novel in a month. But Sarah Domet says that even if you have a busy schedule, you can write your novel in just 90 days if you stick to the plan she lays out in 90 Days to Your Novel. Domet’s novel writing advice shows you how to craft an outline that will speed up your process and develop interesting characters that will lead to more interesting plot scenarios. She’ll explain how to get family and friends on board with your mission to write a novel and will give you tips that’ll make novel writing look easy.

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Use Examples to Write Your Own Bestselling Novel

Novel writing classes can add an additional level of encouragement to complete a manuscript. They can also offer you the opportunity to study examples from bestselling novels. In 12 Weeks to a First Draft Independent Study course, you’ll take a look at the structure of To Kill a Mockingbird and work toward using Harper Lee’s model to build your novel from start to finish. Other examples you’ll study include Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. By paying close attention to these masterpieces, you’ll learn how to write a good novel which will help speed up the process as you focus on moving quickly to complete your first draft.

This course offers an inside look at important literary items and devices, including plot, character, setting, style, exposition, dialogue, tension and more. Plus, after completing this course, you’ll walk away with the knowledge of how to set up clear goals and objectives and how to reach them by establishing (and maintaining) a dedicated writing routine.

The Time Is Now

Whether you’re writing a spy novel, detective novel, horror novel or you’re simply trying to write a good novel, your number one goal at this point is to develop a plan to complete that novel. If you work best from examples, the independent study course is the way to go. If speed is of utmost important to you, Book in a Month likely makes the most sense. If a step-by-step plan, walking you through scene by scene is the only way you’ll make it to the end of a first draft, then 90 Days to Your Novel. No matter what you decide, know that by choosing any path you’re giving yourself a chance to finally do what you’ve been promising yourself you’d do for who knows how long: Write a novel. And, if you’re unsure what timeline will work best for you, just grab From First Draft to Finished Novel, which allows you to work at your own pace. If you choose that path, though, be sure to give yourself a deadline. The last thing you want is to let your ideas sit unused, serving as a constant reminder that you have yet to achieve your goal of writing a book.

 

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Brian A. Klems is the Online Editor of Writer's Digest. He's also a writer, husband, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls. His Writer's Dig blog—which covers writing and publishing—is one of the fastest growing blogs in the writing community, and his first book, OH BOY YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS, will be published by Adams Media this spring. Connect with him on Twitter @BrianKlems.