So my book is finally out- You can read/ download it here.
The book in itself is an attempt at situational humour and only the reader can be the best judge of how successful or unsuccessful an attempt it has been. Let’s leave that to the readers. I am going to talk about the process. The process of visualizing a story, baking it to completion and then sitting down and actually writing the required amount of words on my laptop screen.
I am not here to tell you that it is a scary process. It is not. I am here to tell you that you can do it. Trust me, if a slacker like me can turn an idea into a book, then so can anyone. What you need is the right approach. Now I don’t know how others do it. I am sure there is more than one way to reach the goal. But, here is how I reached mine.
The first thing is to visualize a beginning, a middle and an end. It would help to use a flow chart to describe the plot of your novel. If you have multiple subplots going, you may use a large sheet and draw out the plot. It will help you pace the novel and assign words to different parts.
You don’t want to overdo descriptions and lose out on the pace of the plot. So, this bit is essential.
Now once you have the plot ready, you may divide the story into multiple chapters and assign events to every chapter. This way, you will enter every chapter with a purpose.
You can even assign lower and upper word limits to your chapters. This part is going to be very useful in your editing phase.
Now this is the part where you sit down and get it all out there. Be bumpy, be sketchy but just get it all out. Do not leave out any emotion that you had visualized. Write with a vengeance, write madly and write like a maniac.
This is where the novel begins to take form. Till now, what you did was not art. It was an inner thrust that you could not contain. Now you must contain your urges and listen to reason. Cut the unnecessary and correct the flow. The transition from one sentence to other has to be smooth. And you have to have a reason for every word that you put out there. Repeat this until you are satisfied with your end result and then do it all over again.
And that is how you write a novel. Any questions?