Book Excerpt from How to Write a Book (even if you never have)

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Chapter 1

Many people want to write a novel, but they face a variety of obstacles in getting started. Some people want to write but feel that they lack ideas. Others have too many ideas or wonder how they can assess which ideas are the best ones to pursue. Still others may think they have ideas, but when they sit down to begin planning the novel, they find that the ideas are not substantial enough.

Whether you have too few ideas or too many, this chapter can help you. Not all writers walk around brimming with ideas all the time. Even seasoned professionals struggle with blocks and an inability to find something new to write about. However, there are a number of tips and techniques for generating and developing great novel-length ideas, and in this chapter, we discuss some of them.

This chapter will also cover starting your book. This is an exciting time for many writers, and the sheer excitement of starting a new novel can often provide the momentum needed to get past the first few pages or chapters. However, this is not necessarily true for every writer. Even with a great idea, some writers may find themselves facing a blank page and struggling to get started.

Struggling to start can be overcome as well. In this chapter, we will set you on your way with tips for generating and evaluating ideas as well as suggesting some approaches for beginning your book.

About The Book

howtowriteabookTitle: How to Write A Book (even if you never have)

Author : Bridget McNulty

Genre: How To / Non-Fiction

How to Write a Book (even if you never have) is the brainchild of Now Novel co-founder Bridget McNulty – a culmination of all the advice and tips she’s been sharing with the Now Novel writing community over the last year. It’s a fantastically helpful resource for anyone wanting to write their first book, a guide for all those who love writing and want to tackle the Mount Everest of writing projects (a novel) and a reference for writers at any stage of their careers who need reminding of the building blocks of novel-writing: ideas, mood, theme, plot, setting and characters. It’s also, quite simply, a great read.

Find out more about the Now Novel online novel-writing process at

Author Bio

Bridget McNulty is a writer and editor with a passion for helping people write novels (even if they never have). She studied Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and went on to publish her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, in South Africa with Struik Publishers and in the USA with St Martin’s Press. Since then, she has co-founded an online novel-writing process,, that helps aspiring writers start – and finish! – their books, and founded a diabetes lifestyle magazine, Sweet Life, that focuses on the positive side of the condition. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and son, and spends her days reading, writing and drinking tea.






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