We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Write a Novel?

Deanna Baranyi
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Language & Humanities is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Language & Humanities, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Many aspiring novelists wonder what it takes to see their creative ideas end up as a published novel. As with any endeavor, there are various stages that most writers must go through in order to come up with an idea, write a novel, and get the novel published. Each step is important and each one builds upon the previous step.

Before a novelist can write a novel, she should complete some background work. For example, she should read plenty of other works to see if her writing style and ideas can compete with what is currently in publication. People who have confidence that they can write a novel matching the quality and creativity of others that fall in their genre should look for additional advice from top-selling authors through their websites, writing classes, and workshops.

Novels are made memorable through their characters. Readers want to love, hate, fear, and relate withthe characters in the books they read. One of the best ways that characters are made more compelling is through the clarity of the events that unfold in the novel. Thus, to write a novel that will get published it is suggested that the characters use all of their senses. As a result, the readers will be able to experience events with the characters through clearly describing sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of in the characters’ world.

Some writers like to write a novel by the “flying by the seat of their pants” method and others like to outline and plan it out. In some cases, the research and background work must be completed to make the events and details of the novel accurate. In addition, it is important to have a basic synopsis and “hook” conceptualized before the writing process can begin. In some cases, a new thought or twist may develop in the mind of the writer midway through the writing process. In that case, the author must weave that development into the book by re-writing and editing a large portion of what has already been written.

For many novelists, the decision to write a novel is simple and the actual writing process is enjoyable; however, the steps that must be taken to get the novel published are both time-consuming and difficult. Attending writers’ conferences, workshops, book signings, and book clubs are great ways to network. Many writers strive to have their manuscripts read by an agent; but, an agent is more likely to read a manuscript of a new author if she has been recommended by one of the agent’s current clients or contacts.

Language & Humanities is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Deanna Baranyi
By Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her work. With degrees in relevant fields and a keen ability to understand and connect with target audiences, she crafts compelling copy, articles, and content that inform and engage readers.
Discussion Comments
Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her...
Learn more
Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.