Three new writers asked me this week how to turn a half dozen pages of notes into a story. This took me back to when I first started writing novels. I was clueless, although I didn’t know it at the time. I got stuck at 30 pages and had no idea how to develop it from there. I turned to Google and found this gem: 101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel, by Prudy Taylor Board.
I bought the book 4 years ago and, this week, recommended it to the “newbies”, who all commented on how much it helped them past their sticking point, so I thought I’d share it.
This book will help the clueless get savvy on how to go about writing a decent novel, beginning with the preparation. Before diving headlong into an idea for a novel using a plot with no substance and finding your manuscript dries up after the first twenty pages, 101 Tips will help you develop your characters to give them depth and a reason to be in the pages of your book – by doing this I found my story started to grow automatically and some characters “appeared” unexpectedly, as the author suggests they might. 101 Tips is packed with pages of excellent hints.