Notes to help aspiring authors…
There are two recognized methods of writing a novel:
- Plan thoroughly, complete all research and planning tasks, then write first draft. Always leave flexibility in the plotline/yourself so that you can adapt if ideas and twists strike you whilst writing. This method should leave you with an almost perfect draft first go. Once completed re-draft and edit throughout, change as desired and submit.
- The blank page approach; start writing with a less structured plan but ensure you know where you want your story to end up. This will probably result in a rather messy first draft but you’ll have the basic story on the page. The second draft is when you apply the planning and overall tidy up to fit the manuscript to novel formation.