I agree, that it takes a sparkling idea to write a novel. Before you start writing them, there are few questions that would help you not just to ‘start’ your novel but to finish as well. Have a look at these questions, answer them and start your novel. If you are mid-way, find answers to these questions and continue. Might help you from getting struck elsewhere.
1.Who are your target audience? – eg: young teens, school students, college students, young mothers, etc., – This will also help you to determine your mode of promotions. For example: If you are writing a novel for young adults – you can market the book via delivering a speech in colleges
2.Did you read the other books that carry the same subject line? – For example: I was about to write a novel that fell in the same pocket as ‘Half-Girlfriend’ was; It took a friend to tell me that am writing something similar. So, going forward, hit goodreads and check for the genres, similar subject lines, and read them.
3. Determine the main concept of the book; sub-concepts if any – where you will cover these sub-concepts. Note: Start your novel with the main soul of your story, give it a gripping start. Example: My first novel “I don’t wear Sunscreen” didn’t have a gripping start but took enough speed later. I thought, starting off with a grip will help the book and then presented a gripping prologue – It worked well with my readers.(Shameless Promotion)
4. There are millions of books around the world, who knows? your idea might have sparked someone else 10 years ago and the book is already there somewhere in some corner of the world. — What’s the difference? – the narration. — determine your narration style.
5. Did you build the virtualworld? – Where your story is based. This is pretty important. Follow Geography throughout the story, else you will miss the excitement. Fix a good place of your interest, travel if possible and find out more. Talk to a friend who lives there; network and talk to those who live at your spot to understand their basic culture. Use street view. Example: Author Alcatraz Dey used Google street view to write about Munich and it worked really well.
6. How original and true is your character? determine the environment, which would help one to understand that a decision or a move by this character is right. It takes the determinants to ensure that an emotion is carried well by your character
7. Why do you think any will recommend your book to others, excluding your friends and family? – This will refine your theme, plot, and concept. Answer this question.
8. What perspective you’ve picked? What’s that a person would gain from your book? – Example: I don’t wear Sunscreen helped a person to realize that dating a misogamist is still okay. It also helped one understand what’s quintessential.(Shameless Promotion – again)
9. What impact do you want to leave to your reader? What should linger in the minds of your reader for another hour after reading your book.
10. What’s your motive of writing this book, other than turning an author or adding another book with your tag. P.S – you can still choose to write to become an author.