It is not difficult to write a novel in a month if you do what the professionals do. Many writers such as Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming, for example, were able to churn out dozens of novels in their life time because they followed certain basic principles to write their novels in the shortest possible time.
The following are some of the ways that have proved to be effective in getting to write a novel in a month or less.
The first thing to do is to have a two sentence summary of the story you want to write, followed by the main characters of your story. This way you will be able to maintain focus about where you want to start and end your story. Next, it is advisable to decide beforehand the number of chapters your story will be divided into. If perhaps you want to have a twenty chapter story, then you will also have index cards on which you will write the number of each chapter of your novel. Behind the card, you will have a brief summary of the contents of the chapter.
Thirdly, you will then have to decide the point of view of the novel. You will have to decide from the beginning whether it will be in the first person or third person narrative. This will then be the basic planning of your novel.It is called an outline.
Next you will have to make sure that your novel’s characters and events remain consistent throughout the story. You cannot have a character being an old man and yet have him die at the young age of twenty six somewhere during the narration of the story. In order to maintain consistency, you will have to write elaborate notes about the ages, birth dates, places of birth, death dates, educational status and gender of your characters, which will have to remain consistent throughout the course of your novel.
Start each chapter with a gripping opening and make you chapter endings as ambiguous as possible. This has the effect of making your readers keep guessing what is to happen next. In this way you will make your story gripping and riveting. This is called the plot of your novel. We can summarise plot in the following way manner:
P = for people
L = living with conflict
O = overcoming obstacles
T = transforming the lives of characters
However, without strong characters, no matter how tight your plot is, your novel will be no good. Remember, a novel is about people, which is going to be read by other people. So make sure that your plot has strong characters, who are believable and active. This is where dialogue comes in. Dialogue also helps to move the story forward. However, intermingle your dialogue with narrative.
Finally, once you have done the above, you can sart writing your novel by beginning at any chapter of your choice because you already have a summary of each chapter on your index cards – the outline of your novel. This helps to overcome writers’ block, which is the undoing of many writers of fiction which slowsdown their writing. This can ultimately lead to giving up or making your work tedious and boring.
Finaally, write everyday. You don’t have to write for hours at a go. You can divide your writing into fifteen, or thirty minutes slots. If by the end of each time slot you have written a thousand words, for example, this means that in a day you will have written four thousand words if you write in four thirty minutes slots. Multiply this by twenty days and you have eighty thousand words, enough for a full length novel. The next ten days will be for editing and polishing your novel. By the end of thirty days your novel will be complete. Doesn’t this sound feasible and possible? You can do it if you plan your work and make sure to write everyday for twenty days.
If you are writing in thirty minutes slots, this means that you will be writing for two hours everyday. You can add an hour each day to check spelling, grammar, and paragraphing after every thirty minutes of writing. By the time you start editing your work after twenty days, your work will be much easier and pleasant to do. It is possible to write a novel in thirty days.