If you’re looking at this page then you’ve had an idea of a story you want to write. Everyone has that “Oh my gosh, this would be a great novel!” moment, but ‘ideas’ don’t always make it to print.
That said, if you want this particular idea of yours to go somewhere you need to focus on it.
To come up with the idea at all, you probably put a little thought into scenes you would want to write and the characters you’ll need. What I’m saying, though, is that you’re going to need to put a bit more time into thinking about the details. You can’t just start writing and hope to find the point of the story later on. Spend some time laying in bed and fantasizing what this story will be about.
That segways to my next point:
Have the end in sight:
Don’t start writing until you know how your stories going to end.
Sure, some writers disagree and find that it’s easier to just hit the end when they’re there, but personally that gives me more stress than necessary. I like knowing where my characters are headed and how they’re going to need to prepare (or not prepare) for this final hurrah.
Write down ONLY important things:
Personally I’m an easily excited person. When I have a new idea I want to start writing out scenes, quotes, and all this other random stuff. It’s only when I look back a month later with half the book written, that I realize the scene I had originally envisioned doesn’t even exist any more . . .
In the end, it’s safer to just bullet point stuff you need to remember for your story to happen. Your bullet points don’t even need to be comprehensible to other human beings. As long as you know what you were saying, that’s all that matters.
Don’t grow too attached:
Sometimes your story just doesn’t wok out. It happens.
If you end up not caring about your idea in a week, then don’t bother with the effort to make it happen. There are a million ideas you could come up with so it’s not like this is your last chance to write a novel.
In summary, just think about what you’re getting yourself into before you dive into writing. If you’re like me and prefer writing novels you’ll soon discover that they take a lot of time and effort. BUT, if you mentally prepare for your adventure before you embark, you’ll save yourself time and tears when it doesn’t work out.