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Do you have an idea that you feel you could turn into a novel? I personally believe that each one of us has the ability to write a great story if we put our minds to it. We are all born with creativity and untapped talent that is waiting to burst forth. Most of us have to deal with similar situations in life, which ultimately gives us the inspiration that we need to write a great novel. The most important aspects of a novel are the plot, characters, location, genre and structure. The plot is more significant, and drives the story along.

How much time will you dedicate each day to writing a novel? A consistent but small period of time each and every day is far better than large chunks of sporadic writing time.

Delving into the background of the victim, the detective was able to determine that he had dealing with organized crime. This led to the construction business and politics in Atlantic City. The detective soon found that government agencies were interested in the victim’s activities. Organized crime wasn’t interested in who shot the victim but they wanted the investigation stopped.

The image of a writer pounding out the final words of the next breath-taking remarried empress novel to take the world by storm has a romantic feel that we, as writers, cling to. As hard as it is to accept, that romanticism was no more real then than it is now. In fact, many of the greats came to sad and lonely ends.

With the economic downturn in full swing, selling your novel just got harder, but it can still be done. Following are some tips for bullet-proofing your book in these especially competitive times.

This mystery can’t just be a passing comment in the story. It needs to be the bones of the story. Therefore, the very first step in writing your novel is to figure out what mystery your main character is going to solve.

Study your family members, friends and acquaintances. Watch people walk, talk, and do. They are the ones who are going to tell you what your story is all about. Your past experiences will show up in your novel. In a way, your novel defines your aspirations and the one person you were or would like to become.