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How do I make a good novel?

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How do I make a good novel?

Postby ridho1234 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:08 pm

I want to make a novel like Twilight.

Can you give advice?

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby TerryRodgers » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:54 pm

Just start writing. And while you're writing, read at least 100 novels in the genre you plan to write in and another 100 novels in all the other genres. Don't forget the classics.

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby fathoms77 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:58 pm

Well, don't get discouraged but asking "how do I make a good novel" is sort of like asking, "how do I make a good painting?"

It's just impossible to answer because it really depends on your own strengths as a writer, which you may have yet to discover. :)

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby MookyMcD » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:58 pm

A good novel or a novel like Twilight? You need to pick one.

Couldn't resist, despite the Trolly fingerprints all over this one.

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby cynfranks » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:44 pm

One. Word. At. A. Time.
Ask yourself, "What would Dickens do?"



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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby nhope » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:49 am

dictionary.com def of "novel":
a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.

Therefore, "Twilight" is a novel. But is it literature or is it a good story? It sold a ridiculous number of copies but I recently read that "50 Shades..." is the #1 best selling book in Britain, of all time. Of All Time. Wow. Probably not lit but must be quite the story.

So if you want to make a good novel, you have to define what you mean. Do you want to write literature or tell a good story? There are evidently markets out there for everything, you just have to make sure that how you organize the words you choose ensnare the reader to read them all. And then talk about it, and pass it on.

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby MookyMcD » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:56 am

McDonald's sells more food in an hour than Eric Ripert and Thomas Keller will sell in their lifetimes. That does not make McDonald's a purveyor of good food. Things can be commercially successful without being of high quality.

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Re: How do I make a good novel?

Postby cynfranks » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:31 pm

Ask yourself, "What would Dickens do?"



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