Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E. L. Doctorow
The writing process can be somewhat daunting. George Orwell once said: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.” That is a gloomy thought, but it can sometimes feel like that. At other times, when it seems that the words are just streaming to you as if from a higher power it is exhilarating. It makes you feel like you have found your purpose.
Do not assume that you have to be born a writer. Ernest Hemingway once said, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
TIPS FOR THE NOVICE WRITER.
AN IDEA. You start with an idea. For the most part, it needs to be unique. It needs to be something that hadn’t been run into the ground by a thousand other authors. As a beginner, this is very important. A skilled author, such as Stephen King, could take a heavily used idea, or a mundane idea, and turn it into something exciting by the use of his characters. Continue
Eight steps to a better dialogue.
1. You must become the character that you write about. Like a great actor, you need to get to know your character as you would a close friend.
2. Find the voice of the character. This is the unique way the character expresses themself. Their personality and thoughts.
3. Match the mood of the story. As tensions mount so should the actions of the characters either overtly or subtly.
4. Pacing. Use the dialogue to slow the story down. A couple of reasons could be to drive up the tension or heighten a mystery. Speeding it up could be to drive the action.
5. Create realistic dialogue as the conflict rises. If you really know your character you should know what they would or would not say.
6. Dialogue is important but don’t let it overwhelm the story. Too much dialogue and not enough action can make the story boring.
7. Avoid dialogue that repeats what the reader has already been told either through action or previous dialogue.
8. Read the dialogue aloud. By hearing the words spoken it is easier to determine if the dialogue sounds phony or realistic.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story interestingly.
Edger Rice Burroughs