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You want to write a novel? Here’s how

First, read every day for a couple of hours. Start writing every day. Begin by composing a diary.

1. Keep reading a lot, in all kinds of sources

2. Write every day

3. The author might be good and the story too. Still, it is the illusion of being good that drives a reader to continue reading the novel

4. If the dialogue in every chapter do not convey the story, then probably the book is packed with irrelevant sections.

5. It is becoming a trend to begin a chapter with quotes from various “illustrious” personalities. This is an excellent scheme to provide the illusion that the author is a voracious reader and thus, a credible writer.

Actually, I find myself reading all the quotes before resuming with the novel

6. If the novel is short, it means that the author spent enormous effort and time to spare your emotional intelligence. Give the writer credit for doing his due diligence and hard earned labor

7. Spare the reader your direct opinions and countless descriptions in a single chapter. The rarer your opinions the more appreciated and valued are your interjections

8. Don’t fall prey to the Twaddle tendency. A single short and well phrased opinion with eloquent words per chapter may let the reader easily fall for your position

9. No need to let mystery be relegated to the last chapter. There are no mysteries.

Even investigative (detective) books leave clues for the reader to fine tune his expectations.

Your job is to describe the many facets of the mystery so that the reader may pick up elements for a story of his own.

10. Mind you of the “primacy effect“: the quality of the first chapter leaves a good impression for the remainder of the novel.

11. Mind you of the “recency effect“:  The quality of the last chapter leaves a recalling trace that the book was indeed read and appreciated.

12. Ambiguous ideas transform into vacant rambling: clarify your idea and re-edit.

13. “Murder your darlings” as literary critics Arthur Quiller-Couch stated.

Cut-out your darling and cherished but redundant sentences.

Axing your beliefs that feel like Old Friends is hard work, but it is imperative.

14. If you feel strongly about an opinion, due to repeated occasions from personal experience, and if this opinion is imperative to disseminate, then relegate the redundancy to various chapters. In this case, redundant opinions can be registered more effectively.


“If you have nothing to say. Say nothing.”

That’s what Mark Twain wrote.

So what is this Twaddle tendency many of us exhibit?

Ambiguous ideas transform into vacant ramblings.  It is hard to speak when your ideas are confused and confusing.

The best speakers are those who harshly critiqued their copies and spend plenty of efforts and time to clarify their ideas and subject matter.

If you are afraid to be viewed as a simpleton, refrain from saying your clear and simple statements.

Otherwise, clear and simple statements are the domain of the courageous people who have a purpose and passion.

The worse off a company is the greater the talk of the CEO

The fewer results in a scientific field the more babble is necessary in the published works

The more voluminous the book the more irrelevant chapters and paragraphs are inserted.

The more eloquent the haze of words, the more easily we fall for them.

Useless chatter is what characterize the volumes of philosophers.





February 2023

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