The biggest challenge that both new and experienced authors face is that a novel has many, many elements. How are you supposed to keep it all straight?
The short answer is that you can’t. No author can. Writing a novel takes time, and it’s messy. Your writing sets your inner editor screeching — you can’t write that, you forgot that, no one will read this junk, that character’s an idiot…
When you write a novel, it’s easy to get confused
Here’s the most common question I receive, reproduced in many different ways: how do I write a novel that works?
Often the author has started writing many times, but:
- Lost interest
- Got confused
- Found a “better” idea
- Doesn’t know how to ___________ (fill in the blank :-))