Have you ever dreamed of publishing a book? Are you unsure of how to start the process? Writing is a limitless craft that you can explore for a lifetime. However, when you are first starting out writing a novel, there may be some growing pains. Not to worry, though! Before putting your fingers to the keyboard, you should take into consideration these few key points to help you gain a comfortable grounding in your writing journey.
Know Your Motivation 
One of the best ways to beginwriting your first novel is to know why you want to write a novel. What is your ultimate goal in this writing endeavor? Do you want to feel accomplished having written a book from beginning to end? Do you want to change people’s lives with a story that has so much meaning to you personally?

Having a firm grasp on why you want to write will pay off in the future because your motivation will spur the type of content you write about, how you express yourself, and the kind of audience you want to reach. If you are a budding author or even a seasoned author looking for motivation, there are many resources that can give you the motivational push you need to kickstart your novel.

Find your Genre
Once you know why you want to write, it is important to follow your curiosity. When you go to a bookstore or a magazine rack, what kind of stories draw your attention? Whether you are interested in fantasy, science fiction, self-help, romance, or anything in between, pick it up! Becoming aware of your preferences is a huge step in determining how you may frame your novel.

Educating yourself on what fellow authors in your category of interest is also a good idea, especially the more profound novels. That way, you get the lay of the land and a better understanding of what your audience may like. When it comes to picking a genre, you might be oscillating between a few or you may have no clue – and that’s okay! There are so many things to explore! As you read around and compare your ideas to the books around you, you will eventually find where your novel fits into the ecosystem.

Keep Track of Your Progress
Whether you have a natural talent for writing or want to improve your skills throughout the challenge of writing your first novel, a solid key to being a good writer and completing that first project is to write every day, and to keep track of your progress. You don’t have to write for hours on end or produce a magnificent product every day, you just have to make writing a daily habit. Keeping track of your progress, quantitatively and qualitatively, is one way to hold yourself accountable for writing every day. The quantitative part includes asking yourself how much you are writing over time.

Ask yourself, how many sentences did I write today compared to a month ago? How many paragraphs am I able to churn out in an hour?How many sentences are in a paragraph? Keeping track of your writing statistics like this will show you through numerical measurements how much you really can produce! Of course, there is also the qualitative part to your writing progress. This includes reviewing your old writings from last year, last month, or even last week.

Are you noticing any changes in your writing style, your syntax, or your inclusion or exclusion of certain details that are important to the storyline? Maybe you can return to a piece of writing, whether short or long, that you felt was particularly weak. Think about how you might rewrite it, and then do it! As you begin writing your first novel, don’t forget to keep track of both quantitative and qualitative aspects of your writing – it’s the best way to measure growth and stay on track!