12 Novels

Looking back at my first novel, my only fear is that someone may actually read it. I feel the same way with the second, third, and fourth novel.

However, back then, I really thought my first attempt was a book that everyone would enjoy. Keep in mind, this was writing the old fashion way. (Yes, I mean a typewriter.) But I am also talking about the research and knowledge that is available to authors now, which was not around twenty or even ten years ago.

That is a good and bad thing. Authors can improve their craft much quicker than in the 90’s. However, authors feel they are ready to be published after the first attempt, because of that knowledge.

Most of you will burn this blog when you find out that it may take twelve novels to reach a point where you are a publishable author. Those who are willing to accept that fact, go on to flourishing careers.

There are three ways to improve: reading, writing, learning. All three take time.

Novel One: You can tell a story. That’s just about it. Your manuscript does not “read like a book.” The characters are interesting, just not presented in a way that readers can relate to them. There are scenes in your book that do not matter to the story. The best thing you have going for you right now, is that you know for a fact that you want to be an author.

Novel Two:You’ve done a lot of research on writing and found out some mistakes you are making. Your story improves and your character’s begin to take life. However, you are still weak on dialogue, pace, and overall mechanics. This is also the point when writers change styles. (Maybe first person to third person narrative.) You are still pushing the story down the readers throat, rather than a more natural feel.

Novel Three:Your manuscript is starting to read with more interest and you are able to articulate your thoughts in a way that brings enjoyment to readers. Your dialogue between characters has improved, but still needs work. Also, you discover a whole new set of basic rules of writing that you are doing wrong.

Novel Four: You become a research fanatic in order to bring realism to your story. Your characters and plot are more complicated, but bring life to the book. You take more notes and have more sub-plots. The story has enough momentum and enjoyment to bring the reader to a great ending. Dialogue has taken shape.

Novel Five: You feel natural at the computer writing your novel. Ideas begin to flow out faster than you can write them. You begin to work harder on the mechanics of your book, which gives you a slight setback, because there is a “growing” period that takes a bit away from the story.

Novel Six:Your talents deepen. You are now beginning to understand what everyone is talking about in the publishing industry and transfer that information to your manuscript. You begin to read much more than in the past, which is helping your writing. You develop a style that is all your own. Mechanics are stronger, but still needs work. Characters are amazing and the premise will keep readers glued.

Novel Seven: Something changed in this book. You became more story driven. You discover writing talents that never came out before. Your manuscript becomes a statement or testimonial to the world. For this book, the audience can relate more and will be shocked at what could happen to the average person. Mechanics of your writing have gone to another level. Suddenly, you are hard on yourself and want to improve even more.

Novel Eight: You find yourself reading more than you were writing. You become obsessed to discover a great book. You realize that your talents of being an author, are equal to others who are published. You are receiving feedback you never heard before. Greatness is flowing from your heart, to your mind, to your fingers, and to the manuscript.

Novel Nine: For some reason, your book becomes longer. When you first started, the plot topped off at a 100 pages. Now, you are on page 200 before that happens. You do not know how any of your books will end, because the characters have taken over. You can sit down and write a chapter without much effort. The reader feels like they are flying from one page to the next.

Novel Ten: Another transformation takes place. Once again, you write a story with deep hidden meaning. The characters have layers that peel away during the story. Your talent level has come to a point that you can handle several different plot twists at the same time, all coming to a head for a dramatic ending. Dialogue has been perfected and flow of your story has a natural feel.

Novel Eleven: Your speed at writing has become like nothing you’ve ever dreamed. That spills over to the style of your book. Readers cannot put it down. The story and characters keep the audience thrilled as if they were watching a movie. Your mechanics are polished to a point where you feel confident that anyone can read your work.

You are ready…

Novel Twelve: This is pure greatness. A masterpiece. Something that everyone will remember you by. The characters are real in your mind. The plot is a risk that only you can pull off. No one else can write like you can now, because you have developed a style that surpasses even the bestselling authors in the world. There was a time when you thought about being published. And though that time has come, it’s almost as you do not care.

It’s all about the writing now. Nothing else is clouding your vision.

Novel number twelve, changed your life.

Ron Knight

Author of “2-10” www.upauthors.com/authors/ronknight

Manger: Melissa Link

Contact: melissa@scbranding.com

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  1. Autumn Rose Wood says:

    Thank you, thank you, ten more times I will say thank you. This is a must read for any new writers. You practice the words you wrote on your facebook page and in my book that makes you someone I am glad to call friend.

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