Novel Writing 101 – How to Write a Book!

25 Responses to “Novel Writing 101 – How to Write a Book!”

  1. TechBeck Says:

    It helps to realize that in the process if writing a great book, you’re
    going to write a bunch of crap. Don’t get discouraged and do work around
    the crap to find the good stuff.

  2. LeftyGingerJap Says:

    This is actually really awesome and super convenient for me! I have been
    practicing my writing skills this summer, and I keep running into doors so
    I sometimes just write about something else. I think writing is sort of
    like vlogging, its hard at first sometimes because you are trying to find
    your voice in the process and you don’t really know what that voice sounds
    like in the very beginning (I mean, I used to sound really weird to myself
    when I would edit my first videos and over time I began hearing myself, and
    not some weird other person…if that makes any sense) I also hand write, I
    have tried doing it on a computer, but unless it is the right time, it just
    doesn’t do it for me. I would totally love more videos like this in the
    future!!!

  3. Obsessed Reader Says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing all of this. You’re writing advice always
    helps me so much!
    You are my favorite youtuber…I have yet to read The End Games, but I just
    bought it…IT’S ABOUT TIME lol. Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Nancy's Reads Says:

    This is amazing. Would you/have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? 

  5. Wobbertson Says:

    Great video, will you be doing more of these?

  6. BoulderOpal Says:

    Michael, I admire your discipline as a writer (setting aside specific
    amounts of time to write and keeping to a schedule). I guess it is
    necessary if you want to produce anything though.

    I don’t have the occasion to write much, since I’m an engineer, and when I
    do write is is usually technical stuff that would put a normal person to
    sleep (immediately). Every time that I do write I don’t follow the same
    process. Sometimes I will sit down and write something all at once and
    other times in small segments that are patched together. The one
    consistent and most important thing to my writing style is to set aside the
    finished work (like you said) for about a week, to make sure that I have
    forgotten what I was trying to say when I first sat down to write. This
    has worked for me pretty well thus far and people say that I’m not a bad
    writer, but I think I’m going to keep my day job nonetheless. 

  7. Taylor Ford Says:

    Thanks for sharing! I often struggle with my plot, and have to remind
    myself “It’s okay to skip a part, and come back to it!”. I don’t have to
    understand everything right now. Plus, there is always the backspace
    button…

  8. creggieb Says:

    I’m literally taking a break from writing a short story/ novella right now
    to watch this lol. You know I love your vidz T.
    I usually write for however long I want, I usually find that I’m in
    between a discovery writer and planner. I begin writing and I write and the
    setting and characters come and then I stop and go plan out the initial
    plot in my head and refine it. Then that plan gets more refined. But I
    stick to planning the big events of the story not the minute stuff. I think
    that’s where the magic of characters and nuance comes in and you surprise
    urself.
    Do a sequel about Literary agents and sending your stuff! Man that was a
    stressful time for me. 

  9. Olivia H Says:

    What perfect timing! I just decided a few days ago that I am going to get
    serious about writing my novel, and I’ve been writing 1,000 words a day
    with surprising consistency. I find myself writing out a lot of scenes just
    to get the ideas out, and then cringing when I look back on the writing.
    It’s not flat out bad, but it feels a little “empty” and I’m never sure
    whether to revise or keep going so I don’t lose steam. Could you talk a
    little more about your editing process? How did you feel about The End
    Games when you finished the first draft?

    Thank you for posting this!

  10. Bananabrai Says:

    I’d like to think that my best tips are that it’s okay for your novel to
    suck, or for it to have plot holes so big that a troll could walk through.
    Nobody writes a novel that perfect the first time. That is what revisions
    are for.
    By the way thank you Mike for posting yet another amazing video. 

  11. Luna Starwind Says:

    This is more for the coming up with the idea part. I’ve always been a big
    fan of if you want to see a book about [insert topic here], you probably
    already know something about it and have the power to MAKE THAT HAPPEN by
    writing it yourself. It’s actually how I came up with the novel I’m
    currently working on.

    Also during the writing process I’ve found it’s helpful to make sure you’re
    writing the kind of book YOU, as the writer, would like to read. Since
    you’re a reader yourself, you’re really the best judge. Plus if an idea
    feels awkward and overdone to you there a chance it would to any other
    reader.

    As a writer you have the power to will into creation the kinds of books you
    want to read. So put your butt in the chair and WRITE!

  12. Stessa Says:

    I tend to write speculative fiction, so I usually come up with a world or
    plot first. I do think it’s what my characters sometimes fall flat in the
    first drafts… so I’ve been focusing on those types of questions you
    outlined above and also try to come up with a secret or quirk for every
    (main) character.

    Also, I can’t believe you use a typewriter!! That’s awesome! (But I feel
    like I’d mess up all the time!)

  13. Quill Café Says:

    A typewriter? Mad props! I’m working on an outline for a novel at the
    moment. It is *all over the place*. I keep going back and revising plot
    points and pencilling in new ones. It’s both frustrating and exhilerating.

  14. AshleynessVlogs Says:

    This was cool, Mike, thanks for sharing! I think concept/emotional through
    line is really helpful for almost any kind of writing. I’m a songwriter and
    found myself doing the same type of thing while writing my song last week-
    I started writing a song a week as part of an email group about month ago.
    Anyway, last week especially, I found myself concentrating more on the
    story I wanted to tell and how best to convey that. Then I thought of a
    title, which became my chorus.

    I also think setting aside time to write or giving yourself a deadline
    might be the best thing you can do as a creator. Before I started writing
    with the group I had written 3 songs and countless fragments over the
    course of about 7 years. I now have one more song I would play for people
    and 3 more that are well on their way to becoming something I might share
    in the future. Those could still stand some editing, but are way farther
    along than some of the ideas I’ve put down before.

    Again, thanks for the video! I’d love to hear more about your process
    and/or from other artists and how their process might be similar or
    different depending on their particular medium/ genre/ style. 

  15. EmilyTheOddOne Says:

    I can’t plot before I write, so I do more fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants
    writing, sticking characters in interesting situations and to see what
    they’ll do. It usually involves more revision later on, but I have an
    easier time developing the story this way :)

  16. Whitney Hitt Says:

    I was thrilled to see this video show up. =] (DexyFace from Twitter). As
    always, this video is great! I will be sharing it with my NaNoWriMo group
    on facebook and others along the way. I have to say that I am so glad that
    I gave your debut novel a chance. It was truly amazing and inspiring. I’m
    anticipating your next book and all of those that may come after it. I
    hope to one day be as dedicated to the craft as you. I’m working on it!

  17. andimthe weirdone Says:

    So helpful!
    I have so many ideas for stories but I never seem to be able to get them on
    the paper and have it sound the way I want them to sound. So that is
    frustrating, but it’s always encouraging when people make videos like this.
    Thanks for sharing! :D

  18. Alexis Brown Says:

    One of my best friends is writing a book. We’re both twelve. Let me repeat
    that, my friend is writing a book (magicish, but not like harry potter) and
    she’s TWELVE! And i’ve already read prts of it and i’m just super proud of
    her! I think a tip on writing a book would be writing it instead of paying
    attention in class… That’ s how my friend does it!

  19. 1book1review Says:

    That was interesting. Unfortunately whatever I do hasn’t worked out yet and
    I can’t finish something longer than a short story that I actually like and
    want to ork on more :(

  20. Lucy Lane Says:

    I read The End Games for the second time last night. I love your book and
    your writing style so much and your characters remind me of myself in the
    best way. I can’t wait to read more of your books! 😉 Lucy

  21. Djmonrush Says:

    3:17 dat reffrence doh

  22. eggsmash Says:

    Here’s how I write,
    1 I usually start off with Ideas and events in bullet point form.

    2 come up with Ideas and cure plot-holes and inconsistencies

    3 formulate characters and how they react to changes, and how they develop.

    4. My chapters are very long. I personally make each chapter focus on a
    main central Idea, so the chapter can be read as if it’s a story all by
    itself. while making it partially dependent on the rest of the novel to
    fit and the chapter will have an influence on the story.

    5. I heavily edit my chapters individually, so it’s less stress to edit the
    whole novel

    5. Rich diverse dialog, this depends on the situation and characters.

    6 give the story diversity, you can’t have 3 /16 be the same basic idea,
    that gets annoying

    7 read through and make minor edits and publish.

  23. Emily Gardner Says:

    My tip would definitely be: when you get an idea, write it down straight
    away! I can’t count the amount of times I get an amazing idea and then
    completely forget it! :/ 

  24. Stefan J.D. Says:

    I like your Marshmallow Man. :)

  25. Ross The King of nerds Says:

    I am ordering your book right now

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