Web Novel Writing Tips

The internet offers so much for aspiring novel writers.  You can find communities for similarly aspiring writers where you can share tips, tricks, and ideas. You can also join workshops to hone your writing skills. Of course, there are also groups that will give constructive criticism on your work.

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As a platform, the internet is also excellent to share your work. In recent years, web novels have gained quite the popularity. If you’re thinking about writing one, then you better follow these tips first.

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Writing Your First Web Novel

Writing a web novel is not much different from writing an ordinary novel. You need to:

  1. Come up with a great story idea
  2. Establish the characters
  3. Create the settings
  4. Craft the conflicts and resolutions
  5. Set the point of view
  6. Draft the structure and outline
  7. Start writing the novel

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“So what sets web novel apart?”

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Good question! So let’s discuss some stuff that any web-novel writer should know.

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Schedule

Some writers aim for a consistent publishing schedule like once a day or twice a week. Others just post whenever they get a chapter done. Which one suits you best?

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See it from the readers’ point of view. They will most likely prefer a regular schedule to an irregular want. If you publish every Sunday, for example, readers will know when to get their fix.

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If you go for the regular schedule route, it’s best to have two or three chapters as buffers in case life gets you and you can’t write as often as you’d like.  With the buffer chapters in place, readers can still enjoy their regular dose of your novel regardless of your circumstances.

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“How does that work?”

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Let’s say you just finish the first chapter. Instead of publishing it right away, schedule the publish date to a month later. As you complete the following chapters, schedule them one week apart from the previous one.

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Scheduling is something you need to think thoroughly from the start. Take a good look at your daily life. Can you even commit to a schedule at all?

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Don’t be discouraged if you can’t commit to any fixed schedule. Many aspiring novel writers have day jobs that keep them busy so they just publish a new chapter, or even a sub-chapter, whenever they have one ready. The key is clear communication between you and your readers. Let them know you need to keep food on the table, but you’ll do your best to keep the story going.

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Proofread

Make sure you have proofread everything before hitting the Publish button. Being an amateur writer is one thing, but looking amateurish is another.

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That said, even famous works of literature, especially the first editions, were not free from typos. So when you’ve done your best proofreading everything and some errors still manage to slip in, take it easy. One of the best things about writing a web novel is you can fix the errors at any time. You can’t have that with traditional novels.

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By the way, if your readers catch some errors and let you know, be sure to thank them. Any reader who makes such an effort is a good reader. You don’t want to let them go.

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Let everybody know

“Build it and they will come.”

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This old adage is sadly no longer true these days. Just think of publishing your web content like opening a store on a dead-end street. You can’t rely on foot traffic because there’s practically none. Your only choice is to go out there, shout, and make people know there’s a store that just opened that might interest them.

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Go to sites such as WebFictionGuide, TopWebFiction, NovelUpdates, and the likes. Readers go there to find fresh recommendations.

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Please don’t be discouraged if you only have a few readers in the first few weeks or even months. It takes a long time to build a sizeable audience. You just need to be persistent and consistent with your endeavor.

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