Friday Forum: Novel Needs

So there you are with a story clamoring to be set free. You’re so ready, you want to jump in and type it from beginning to end today! Well, okay, maybe not all today – but if it were possible, you would! And this story is so good, you just know someone’s going to snap it up and publish it straight away!

Then reality sets in. The odds of that? Not so good. I don’t presume to say that it won’t happen. If it does, I want a referral to your agent!

Even the good off-the-top-of-the-head, seat-of-the-pants stories can benefit from the input of those who know how to write excellent novels. Knowing what a novel should include ahead of time makes for a better story in your first draft. That makes the editing and rewriting process a whole lot more pleasant.

Maybe you’ve been sheltered from some of this information. If so, it can be a little overwhelming. I recommend my post about focus to help you get past that and keep writing, keep up that all-important momentum. It’s also why I’m only going to post a few, very informative sites.

Believe it when I say that your heroine has been smacked upside the head a few times, dear Reader. She’s gone back to the drawing board several times with her WIP.

However, at some point one has to take all the advice and just write the story. Yes, you can edit — WILL edit — later. But the story has to be written in order to be tightened and polished, right?

Take these suggestions into account and go from there. Know them and still write from the heart. A great story wins out in the end. Knowing these things will help you to make your story even stronger.


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3 thoughts on “Friday Forum: Novel Needs

  1. Laurie PK July 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm Reply


    Thanks for including my post about reasons your manuscript is rejected — I’m honored!

    In your post above, I especially love how you say that we need to just write the story. About 15 minutes ago, I posted a quotation on that very thing (writing!!!!) on Twitter:

    “Better by far to write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.” – Katherine Mansfield.

    Sure, we have to figure out how to get our words published……but first, we have to create something worthy of publication.

    Enjoy your weekend!



    • Jessica Rosen July 18, 2009 at 5:13 am Reply

      I agree entirely, Laurie. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by the information out there. First and foremost is writing the novel. Editing can be a true joy when you’re into it to tighten, buff and polish the rock into the gem you know lies within.

      So glad you stopped by!
      Jessica Rosen


  2. […] Friday Forum: Novel Needs Jessica Rosen has started a new focused link love forum. Should be good. “Each week, the Friday Forum will focus on a certain subject links to do with writing and/or publishing.” […]


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