How to Write a Novel: Progress on No Man’s Land

tickCome up with the most awesome idea ever that’s going to be an amazing story. Start writing. Write the ending. Decide you have to get there, somehow.

tickWrite words. Make up new swear words. Research Polish swear words. Research henges. Research artificial sweeteners. Write more words. Be sarcastic. Delete words. Cry. Write words. Decide it’s amazing and the best thing you’ve ever written and you love this novelling thing. Write words.

tickDecide that’s enough words because you’ve somehow hit 70k and the end of the story and the words are all awful and you hate this novelling thing.

tickAttempt to think up title. Decide it’s not good enough. Come up with another title. Swear and decide it’s a ‘working title’.

tickRe-read. Decide it’s crap. Delete some words. Replace words. Decide it might be good enough for someone else to read.

tickHand over to alpha readers and wait for screams.

tickGet screams. Smile happily. Get feedback.

tickDelete words. Rewrite words.

tickHand to beta readers. Await more screams.

tickGet screams. Smile happily. Get feedback.

tickDelete words. Rewrite words. Decide that it’s probably ok.

And the point I’m at now…

tickSend first three chapters for re-read and copy-edit.

tickWrite synopsis.

tickWrite blurb.

tickWrite agent’s letter.

-Get all of the above checked….currently in progress!

-Send off. Engage panic mode until I hear back.

-Start all over again.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.

2 thoughts on “How to Write a Novel: Progress on No Man’s Land”

  1. Wheeee good luck! Seriously I don’t know how you do it! I have this instant gratification thing which is why I like blogging!

    1. I think all writers have moments of “yes this is AMAZING” and then have to cope with what on earth they’re going to do with this pile of crap they’ve just written…and somehow we have the determination to make it a better pile of crap!

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