How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do

I am working on book 2 myself, although I think I have a clue. No matter… if you don’t have a clue how to write a book, check out this great post from Goins, Writer. Excellent tips. Just click the highlighted link at the bottom of this share. ❤


I’m about 20% into my new novel at this point, and was just struck with a very important realization: I have no idea what I’m doing. But it’s fun to learn new things, right? Well, sometimes.As this challenge gets progressively harder, I’m learning a few lessons about the art of writing fiction (which seems much harder than nonfiction, but maybe that’s just my inexperience talking).

Source: How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do


  1. Colleen, I often don’t know where a book is going or what I’m doing, but I find if I just keep following along with the story that I started, I have created something that’s not half bad. I find letting myself go works best for me in the writing process. It’s quite astounding because in my personal life I’m a complete control freak and some days I think it’s getting worse. Maybe it’s the trade off? I’m freeing myself up in my writing and applying all that lack of control to my personal life! I need balance (my husband would appreciate it!).

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    1. I have the book finished (formatting for CreateSpace) and hope to publish in early January. I haven’t gotten much further than 8,000+ words in book 2. The story is swirling around in my head and I’m waiting for it to gel. I need to put together a post for you today. I better get on it. LOL! ❤

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