Here is the second installment in our tips on writing a novel from David Khara, the bestselling author of The Bleiberg Project, an exciting, World War II-conspiracy thriller. Here, he talks about method and what is really key. Is it the how, the what or the why?
Writing a novel – how do you actually do it?
So, you’ve got an idea, a plot, and characters. You’re now ready to go. So, go for it! Oh wait, you need to define how to organize your work. You may want to write down a full plot, listing the chapters, what happens in each of them, and preparing characters sheets. You may want to just write your story out from scratch, maybe with a few handwritten notes on post-its. Who cares? Nobody. Just use the method you feel most comfortable with. I wrote The Bleiberg Project with a three-line plot, but I had most the book in mind. Still, within my plot, the characters sometimes drove me to places I never expected at first. Some of my friends prepare their novels with so much accuracy that they only (sic) have to write the story down.
The method is not important, the story is, the characters and their feelings are, as is suspense, especially in crime fiction. And keep in mind the most important person in the whole process of writing: the readers.