I’ve been working on a series of novels for the Kindle platform since the start of the year. Everything was going well, then life and work caught up with me, and I found that my novels had been pushed to the back burner.
It occurred to me that it would be fun to create a month-long challenge. I mentioned it in my writing tips ezine, wondering whether other writers were experiencing the same difficulties in making time for their novels.
As it turns out, they were.
Here’s an excerpt of Day 9. We discussed getting ready to publish your novel, and brainstorming.
Get Ready to Publish While You’re Writing
Start thinking about publishing now, before you finish your book. I posted this article on the blog: “Kindle Publishing: 3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Sales”.
Read the article, and make some notes on what to do once you upload your novel to the Kindle book store.
Today, let’s look at a tactic which will not only help you to write, but will also help you to build your enthusiasm for your book: brainstorming ideas.
Brainstorm Ideas: Ten Ideas Are Better Than One
You can brainstorm whenever you get stuck, or you can brainstorm everything. I like to brainstorm everything from titles and character names, to motivation and ideas for locations. (On Day 14, we’ll be looking at location. Your locations are as important as characters in your novel.)
I do a lot of brainstorming, in every draft. I FORCE myself to come up with ideas. There’s a reason for this. The first idea which pops into your head might be great. However, that’s unlikely. It’s much more likely that the tenth, or 20th idea, will be just what you need.
Try to surprise yourself. At the level of a scene, every character in the scene needs an agenda: a goal. Brainstorm a goal for every character in a scene. Rarely will a character reveal his/ her goal. This means that every character in your scene is hiding something. Brainstorm characters’ secrets before you write a scene. Your scenes will be suspenseful. Your readers will keep reading.
Want to join the Challenge? You can. :-) You may surprise yourself at how much you get done in 30 days.