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How to Write A Manuscript for A Book

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It Is A Process To Writing

Writing a novel is more than just coming up with a topic; there are several steps that will get you there successfully. The process may seem overwhelming at first, but once you know what to expect and where to focus your efforts, it gets much easier. It takes patience and dedication, but if you follow these helpful tips for writing a manuscript that is readable, we know your chances of success are very high.

Writing A Manuscript

Storytelling Matters

Know Your Genre and Your Audience

Before you even begin to consider the content of your novel, you need to know
your genre and your intended audience. Defining your genre is important
because it will help you to focus your ideas and decide which tropes or
conventions you should follow.

Knowing your audience will help you to tailor your writing style to speak
to your readers directly. This will allow you to avoid common mistakes,
and also enable you to emphasize the positives in your story.

If you are unsure about which genre your novel should fall under, you can
research common sub-genres and try to find one that suits your story best.

If you are not sure who your target audience is, do some research to find out.

For example, if you are writing a novel aimed at teenagers, you should know:

1. What they like to read.
2. What they care about.
3. What their day-to-day lives are like.

This will help you to tailor your story to your readers’ needs and desires.

Set A Daily Goal

Write Constantly

If you want to finish your novel, then you need to write regularly. Set
aside a specific time each day or each week to write. If you are a
full-time employee, then try to fit in your writing before or after work.

If you are a parent or caregiver, try to write before the rest of your
family wakes up. The important thing is to set aside a specific time
each day, and to follow through on it.

If you do not write consistently, then you will get stuck or overwhelmed
and your novel will never get finished. If you are struggling to find time
to write, then you can use a journal or a notebook to write down your
thoughts and ideas.

Understand Why You Are Writing

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Understand Why You Want To Write

Are you looking to express your creative side and let off some steam?
Are you hoping to inspire others with your message? Are you seeking a
"creative outlet" for your feelings? Do you want to leave a legacy behind
for your loved ones? Are you hoping to make money with your writing?

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to write, make sure you
understand them and that they are genuine. If you are writing a novel
just to find an outlet for your emotions, then you may find it difficult to
complete or to know when it is ready to be published.

If you are only writing a novel because you want to make money from it,
then it may be difficult to find the motivation to push through and finish.

Your reasons for writing a novel should be genuine and something that
you truly want to achieve. They should also be attainable and something
that you can reasonably achieve with hard work and dedication.

Define Your Hero’s Journey

We have all heard of the hero’s journey and the fact that
every story follows a similar arc, but have you ever truly
considered how important it is to understand this concept
when writing a novel?

Defining your hero’s journey is the first step towards writing
a successful novel. Once you know your hero’s journey,
you will be able to tailor your novel to follow that arc, and
ensure that it is successful. The hero’s journey is a concept
developed by Joseph Campbell, and it is a pattern that can be
found in many ancient myths and stories.

It is a sequence of events that occurs in almost every story, and
it starts with a call to adventure. If you want to write a novel that is
truly successful, then you need to understand your hero’s journey
and make sure it is present in your story.

Decide On Your Point of View

What point of view will you write your novel from? First person,
third person, or something else? First person is where the narrator
is experiencing the events as they are happening. Third person is
where the narrator is an outside observer.

They have all the information, but they are not experiencing the
events themselves. There are also several types of third person,
such as third person limited, where the narrator only has
access to certain characters’ thoughts.

If you are not sure which point of view you should use for your
novel, then there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help
you decide:

1. Why are you writing this story?
2. What do you want your readers to take away from it?
3. What do you want your readers to feel when they’re reading
your novel?
4. What are your strengths as a writer?
5. What are your weaknesses as a writer?
6. Where does your story fit in the hero’s journey?
7. These are the questions you should ask yourself when deciding on
your point of view.

Commit To A Word Count and Deadline

If you want to finish your novel, then you need to set a deadline.
No matter how many times you tell yourself that you are not ready yet,
or that there is plenty of time, there is not.

Novels can take years to write, so you definitely do not have years to
do it. If you want to finish your novel, then you need to commit to a word
count and a deadline. Before you start writing, you need to know your
desired word count.

This is the total number of words that will be in your novel, minus the
words in your title and summary. Once you have that number, you
need to figure out how many words you are going to write per day.

You can do this by multiplying your word count by the number of days
you have left before your deadline, and then subtracting one day for yourself.
This will tell you how many words you need to write each day to meet your

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to write a novel from start to finish,
all you need to do is put in the work. You will need to put
aside some time each day or each week to write, and you
will need to check in with yourself to make sure that you are
staying focused.

If you find that you are getting stuck or overwhelmed, then you
may need to take a step back and re-evaluate where you are
going wrong. Writing a novel is not easy, but it is definitely worth it.

Video Below

Below I have included a free video for you to view from YouTube
which explains the chapters of a manuscript in detail. I hope you
enjoy it!

Chapter by Chapter Outline

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elizabeth J Neal

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