The Writer’s Cookbook has been going for four years now(!). In that time, we’ve published a lot of posts.
So I decided it was time to look back on some of our best posts and create a guide that covers everything you could ever need to know to get started writing your novel.
This guide covers everything from research, to plotting, to writing, redrafting, and editing.
Everything is covered in the order that works for me, but your process may be different. That’s part of what I love about writing (and writing about writing!). If you’ve got a different writing process, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Why do the Best Readers Make the Best Writers?
How to Read More Books
How to Find More Time to Read
5 Tips to Help You Read More Actively
7 Life-Changing Books Every Writer Needs to Read
8 Essential Story Ingredients for Flash Fiction and Novels Alike
How to Get Back into Writing Fiction After a Long Break
How to Get Out of Your Writing Funk
How to get into the Writing Zone
6 Writing Myths That Are Holding You Back
How I Went From Writing 0 Words a Day to 10,000+ Words a Day and You Can Too
Why You Won’t Love Everything You Write, and That’s OK
The Psychological Benefits of Freewriting
3 Reasons You’re Not Writing as Much as You Could be
Genre and Audience
A Short Guide to Fantasy Genres
How to Write for Children
9 Character Types to Include in Your Story
How to Write Schizophrenia
How to Write Bipolar Disorder, or Manic Depression
How to Write About Stress
How to Write About ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
How to Write Anxiety
How to Write Sarcasm
How to Write About Grief
How to Write About Depression
How to Write a Panic Attack
How to Write a Sociopath
How to Write a Psychopath
Planning and Plotting
The Different Types of Fiction in a Way That Won’t Make Your Head Explode
How to Get Started with Scrivener
Scrivener vs. Novlr – Which is the Best Writing Software For You?
How to Fix Plot Holes in Your Novel (From 14 Writing Experts)
7 Simple Ways to Find Your Writing Voice
How to Get Started Free Writing
How to Write Fiction Your Readers Will Love
The Curse of Too Much Dialogue
Should You Write How You Speak?
Why I Decided to Rewrite My Novel From Scratch
The Cake Analogy: Why You Should Never Show Your First Draft to Anyone
7 Signs of a Great Editor
How to Rewrite Your Novel
I’m always on the look out for new blog post ideas. If there’s something about writing that isn’t covered in this list, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do 🙂