How to Write a Novel

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Have you ever considered becoming a novelist? Write a great story and the money can come flooding in, although it usually takes years of practice! It can be a lonely profession with little guidance offered, so here are a few tips on how to write a novel like the most popular writers in romantic, horror, thriller and children’s fiction. Good luck!


Dame Barbara Cartland: Author of over 700 books, mostly romantic fiction.

How could you resist following in the footsteps of one of the most prolific and successful romantic novelists of all time? Dame Barbara Cartland certainly had the formula for success and even wrote 23 novels in 1983 alone, earning her the Guinness World Record for most novels written in a single year. A lot of coffee will be needed to catch up and an assistant would help, as Cartland usually dictated her novels. Cartland’s romantic novels had a standard formula based on a rather old fashioned but nevertheless popular kind of chivalry. First, you must create a virtuous and virginal heroine, longing for romance and marriage. Then, you need a male protagonist well versed in chivalry, who will eventually win the heart of the heroine. Prepare yourself for attacks from Feminist critics!

Stephen King: Author of over 50 books, mostly terrifying horror novels.

If you relish scaring the living daylights out of people, there is no better author to emulate than Stephen King, the undisputed king of horror. One thing you will need is an incredibly detailed knowledge of American society. From the prom night in Carrie, to the beloved classic car in Christine and 50s/80s small town setting of It, King has the uncanny ability to evoke authentic Americana while placing it in danger from malevolent supernatural forces. Many of King’s plots focus on the danger of obsession, most memorably in Misery, which may well change your mind about becoming a writer altogether! Fond of using old Indian burial grounds as a possible explanation for ensuing horror, if you really want your protagonist to resemble those of King they must fail to heed at least one warning of what lies ahead for them.

Tom Clancy: Author of the Jack Ryan/John Clark thriller novels

A true master of the military and espionage thriller, Tom Clancy’s most famous novels involve the characters Jack Ryan, who moves from consultant to CIA operative to US President during the course of the novels, and John Clark, who serves as a Navy SEAL before joining the CIA. If you want to write like Clancy, you will need an encyclopaedic knowledge of global politics and the military. Nearly all Clancy’s novels feature a plot involving terrorist factions threatening the safety of the US, with incredible attention to detail being given to both terrorist and military operations. As well as knowing your military technology and weaponry, you must work in at least one traitor lurking in the shadows.

J.K. Rowling: Author of the Harry Potter novels

What can you say about billionaire author J.K. Rowling? If you want to replicate her unparalleled success, you will need an incredibly fertile imagination, the ability to work magic with your prose, a host of characters you truly fall in love with and an admirable commitment to not shun from the darker aspects of children’s fantasy literature. The narrative throughout the Harry Potter series is a classic example of the bildungsroman, a coming of age tale of a young boy who just happens to be a wizard. To capture the essence of the Harry Potter series would require sharing Rowling’s ability to create a spellbinding blend of fantastical fictional elements and the more realistic portrayal of the key characters’ struggles with love, life and death as they grow from children to teenagers.


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