Daily Writers Challenge: How to Write a GOOD Novel in One Year

Do you want to know how to write a good novel in only one year?

Are you a novelist?  Do you want to be?  What’s stopping you?

Is it your inner editor?  We have something to say about that.

Are you missing an idea?  Inspiration is all around you.

Is your craft weak?  How better to improve than to write?

What’s stopping you from writing a book? 

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Too much work?  What if it was easy?  What if I could show you how to write a book in a leisurely manner, and yet get the thing done?  All of it.  Even the editing?

Would you be interested?

Today’s challenge isn’t for everyone… but it might be for you!

Spend the rest of the day thinking about that novel you’ve been threatening to write.  Think about how it would start, but don’t do any writing.  Not today.  Just think.  Write an outline if that’s your thing, but keep it very simple.  Half a page at the most.

Then, tomorrow, you are excused from the Daily Writing Challenge—unless you just can’t stay away.  Tomorrow you start your novel.

But here is the easy—and in its own way difficult—part.  Only write one page.  Just the first page.  Here’s what to do:

  • Make it a good page.
  • Make it an edited page.
  • Make sure you use language the way you mean to.
  • Touch the poetry.
  • Touch the emotion.
  • Touch your craft.

Whoa… wait a minute…  Are you writing?  Are you writing a novel?

Yep.  And only writing one page a day.  Come to think of it, in just six weeks you’ll have 42 pages, a respectable start.

So… what’s stopping you now?

Your thoughts?


4 responses to “Daily Writers Challenge: How to Write a GOOD Novel in One Year

  1. I’m revising my first novel as we speak 🙂

  2. Ditto, as you know. Glad you are encouraging the young, or ‘beginners’, Richard. Very good.

  3. The epiphany that I could indeed writer a novel hit me at the beginning of this year. I had been reading something, I don’t remember what, and thought to myself, “I can do better than this!” When I realized that I was the only thing in the way it was very empowering. Now if only I could genie up the free time to really dive in and finish it!

  4. Good advice, Rik.

    “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing the attempt.” ~ Wm Shakespeare

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