Basic steps before starting the experience of writing a novel

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Sayidaty magazine

The novel is a rich literary work in prose, written in a suspenseful narrative style. It is characterized as the longest, eventful, intense, voluminous and detailed literary genre. Its incidents and events are diverse, and its characters and personalities are many. Its fragments sink into the depths of times and spaces of places, revealing aspects of the past, penetrating the veils of the future, and peeking into the present through its story, formulation, and multiplicity of characters. The novel often begins with an inspiring idea to attract the reader, so he dives into its world, gets lost among its edges, and meets and interacts with its characters, whether fictional or real.
Writer Samir El-Feel, member of the Egyptian Writers Union, tells Sayidaty: The novel is distinguished from other prose literary genres because it has multiple characters, various events, and various formulations. It is also the pure product of a fertile imagination. , a conscious mind, and a unique, fiery method that reshapes reality as it appears to the writer and according to what it sees. He is guided by his creative streak, mixing reality and imagination, to create his imagined creative world, which invites the reader. to sink into it and enjoy it, using all the legitimate literary weapons, and invoking all the machines and mechanisms of exciting, eloquent language.

Steps to try to write a novel

• Choose an idea for the novel

Choose an idea for the novel (Source: jeshootscom pexels)

About his first experience writing his novel, the writer Samir Al-Fail says that before starting to write the novel, it is necessary to choose a purposeful idea that would be interspersed with conflict. It could be a struggle to survive, a struggle to keep a lover, or a struggle due to intellectual or cultural differences, and it must be Determining what you want from your main character and the other secondary character in the novel, mentioning the obstacles that stand in front of each character to achieve their. purpose, because this struggle and push and pull is what will motivate the reader to continue and follow.

• Choose the right time to write your novel

When the idea of ​​writing my novel came to me, I felt moments of boredom, loss of enthusiasm and anger, and I felt that I was fed up with it. When this feeling started, I found that I had to choose a suitable time and a specific place to start and continue the writing, until the matter was successful and was peacefully finished.

• Look for sources of inspiration

I watched many movies, and read various novels, remembering some specific situations that I experienced in some life situations. All these stimuli are just encouragement, but in fact, I did not wait for inspiration before starting to write my novel. I chose a type Whether the novel, which one will I write, is it realistic, fictional or detective? I have read some of the novels of the type I will write.

• Draw a clear outline of the novel

Draw a clear outline of the novel (Source: pexels by ylanite-koppens)

There is no doubt that the novel is a creative work that depends on the imagination of any writer, even if he uses other things such as knowledge and culture. That is why I imagined the novel I would deal with before starting it, and I prepared ; a rough outline of the events of the novel from the first chapter to the end, and I asked myself some questions, will the events of the novel take place. In familiar places and will it be real or imagined? will it take place in the present or the future or did it happen in the past? Will the events be based in a city or neighborhood or in more places? What societies and classes will the novel deal with? How long will the events last?

• Your novel should be interesting and engaging

Regardless of the type of novel you decide to write, there is only one important rule, which is that your story must be very interesting and enjoyable, attractive to the reader and useful to him, or it can be funny, or sad, but the reader must not be bored.

• Allocate a file for each character

Then after that, I assigned and collected information for each character from my imagination. I focused on bringing out the characters, their characteristics, their shapes, and choosing their names, for example, the name of the heroine or her friend, and determining some. of their formal and essential characteristics and some details of their lives. I started thinking about the role that each character will play. In the novel, what is the nature of this character, for example, age, education, place of birth, how close they are to one to the other, and whether he is emotional, cheerful, fat, ugly, and he adopted the same situation with the rest of the characters.

• Research scientifically if necessary

When writing his first novel, the writer first relies not only on creativity, but he also needs to look for some information, especially if the writer decides to choose a historical novel to write, or a novel that is based on scientific information. , he therefore resorts to searching for the right information and makes a great effort. To ensure its authenticity and to document this information, or the quotes to which he will resort, he must be honest when he begins to tell his story.

• Draw the plot and conflict settings in the novel

Find an inspiring idea for context (Source: pexels by andrea-piacquadio)

The plot or knot is the most important problem that the protagonist faces and aims to solve, and is considered an essential part of the body of the novel, therefore it was necessary to choose an important problem that engages the reader’s attention and occupies his thinking.

• Determine the narrative method before writing

I determined the style in which I would tell my novel, and I asked myself: Will I trust using the third person person speaking from the outside and observing the characters? Or will it be in the third person or will I vary the style?

• Review and screening

I began to finish the initial draft of the novel, and here began the most difficult part. After finishing the initial draft I sent it to a number of people who helped me extract mistakes and correct them, either in the plot or with language . reviewer in the review. They responded with language and spelling mistakes and obvious mistakes in my novel, and I began to pay attention to the spelling mistakes. When writing, in addition to all those details I learned from repeated notes.

• The conclusion of the novel

Every writer and every novelist or storyteller should know that the suspense at the end or conclusion of your novel is what determines the extent of the spread and success of your novel. That’s why I wrote two endings to the novel, to make a comparison between them , and I don’t mind consulting the one closest to you. After much thought, I chose one of them and removed the other, and started. To work on it.

Important tips you should follow

Write your novel only when you want to write (Source: pexels by Yekaterina-Bolovtsova)

• Do not write your novel only when you want to write. Do not force yourself to write at all. Even if you want to write when you are nervous and angry, write. That feeling will add another flavor to the novel.
• Try as much as possible to learn from your linguistic mistakes, so that you do not repeat them in another part of your novel or other works All this will surely help you.
• Do not rely on writing only with your electronic device, but rather use a sheet of paper to put the main points, or to name the characters. Paper gives greater value to what you write.

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