Why write a novel? Twitter tells us

Why is writing a book a dream for so many people, and so satisfying for others? There are a number of reasons…

Writing a novel can be therapeutic: You get to talk about feelings that you might not ordinarily and get everything off your chest:

Remember it’s the thought that counts, and a lot of thought went into your novel:

 

Writing also gives us a meaningful way of inspiring and moving others to a state of wonder:

That said, writing a book is no small task. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do:

Sometimes, you might feel as though you’re hanging by a thread:

Even acclaimed, published authors see writing a book as an act of survival. Murakami sees physical strength as equally important to any creative ability:

For starters, you have to figure out your plot. There are all kinds of ways to do that:

When in doubt, unusual characters in everyday circumstances might give you the inspiration you need:

Remind yourself frequently of your favourite parts of writing a book to persevere and finish your novel:

As many will tell you, it’s useful to have an in-depth understanding of your characters, their histories, motivations and every possible detail of their appearance.

Once you have your character and plot details, you’re reading to start putting the pieces of the novel together:

And then the finish line is in sight… The exhilaration of writing the last few words of a novel is a high unlike any other!

What is your unique reason for writing a novel? Tell me on twitter (www.twitter.com/nownovel) using the hashtag ‘#whyIwrite’ and I’ll add it to the list.

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