Novel Ideas For Starting Your Paper

Posted by duncan on 11/18/14 10:45 AM

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November is National Novel Writing Month, a 30-day sprint where aspiring writers hustle to knock out 50,000 words. To understand NaNoWriMo's popularity, you must first recognize one of the hardest things about writing a novel: starting. The idea is that by confining the project to a definite starting and ending point, and tying in a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment, the task is easier to begin. Once December hits, writers embark into the long dark winter knowing that at least they have their 50,000 word rough draft, and they can begin the task of editing, a quantitatively easier task once there is something to edit.

Writing your papers, even if they weigh in considerably lighter than 50K words, is very similar. Getting through that first draft often requires the biggest bursts of motivation and effort, while editing for grammar and structure is a little less daunting. We aren't telling you to wait until November to write all of your papers; that won't get you far academically. What we're saying is that perhaps you should look at that looming Literature paper, with a goal of hammering out a flawed but complete first draft as soon as possible. Setting a goal for yourself and roping any willing friends with similar deadlines will definitely help. Then you can use all that time you would be procrastinating, feeling the tickling anxiety about having to start this paper, editing it into something really great.

We know you can do it! And to help get you started, we've listed below some of our favorite novel and novelist Topic Pages you can use as inspiration.

Novel - novel , in modern literary usage, a sustained work of prose fiction a volume or more in length. It is distinguished from the short story and...

Historical Novel - The historical novel is a genre of literature whose story is set during a period that predates the author's own time, often by a significant...

Ulysses (novel) - A novel by James Joyce , written in Trieste, Zurich and Paris between 1914 and 1921. Its serialization by The Little Review , begun in...

Bildungsroman - The Bildungsroman is defined as the coming of age novel or the novel of education. Its literary roots are German, the term bildung relating...

Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870 - Dumas, Alexandre (älĕksäN´drә dümä´), known as Dumas père (pĕr), 1802-70, Frenchnovelist and dramatist. His father (an illegitimate son of the marquis de la  ...

Mann, Thomas - Mann, Thomas (tō´mäs män), 1875-1955, German novelist and essayist, the outstanding German novelist of the 20th cent., b. Lübeck; brother of Heinrich Mann.

Turgenev, Ivan - Turgenev, Ivan Sergeyevich, Russian novelist, dramatist, and short-story writer, considered one of the foremost Russian  ...

Desai, Anita - Indian novelist. Her calm, sensitive, and often humorous style is much admired. Her early novels concentrate on the internal workings of the mind, o...

Wright, Richard, 1908-1960 - Richard Wright was an African American novelist, essayist, and social critic of modern America, and is best known for his novel Native Son ...

Le Guin, Ursula - Summary Article: Le Guin, Ursula K(roeber) (1929 –) from The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia. Science fiction writer, born in Berkeley, California, USA.

 

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