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How to Write Your First Novel

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This guide is Chock-full of quotes from other writers and will both inspire and make you familiar with the road ahead of you as you write.
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A quick guide on how to harness your urge to write a novel, navigate the shoals in your first, second and third drafts – with tips on everything from whether to use a coach, your voice in the novel, what makes a great character to how to find the time in your life to write. This guide is Chock-full of quotes from other writers and will both inspire and make you familiar with the road ahead of you as you write.

At the end are some notes on finding an agent and whether or not to self-publish. Happy writing!

  1. The time is now
  2. Do I need a coach?
  3. What should I write about?
  4. Location, location, location
  5. What makes up a great character?
  6. Your story will now unfold
  7. It’s all in the voice
  8. Oh, when do I find the time?
  9. Now you can dive in
  10. Cleaning the chaff
  11. The words, the words, the words
  12. Your first readers
  13. Scat thoughts: Epilogues, Prologues, Epistolary novels, Titles and other choices
  14. Selling your novel
  15. To self-publish or not?
This book is very useful for me, as I am currently starting my first novel. Thank you.
This book is very informative, and it helped give me concrete ideas on how I would need to start.
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About the Author

Gay Walley

Gay Walley has been a writer/editor of books for the past 15 years, and before that, a copywriter with major advertising firms.  

Her published novels include STRINGS ATTACHED with U Press of Mississippi (1999),-

Finalist for the Pirates Alley/Faulkner Award and Writer’s Voice Capricorn Award and Paris Book Festival.  

THE EROTIC FIRE OF THE UNATTAINABLE, published by IML Publications (2007) reissued by Skyhorse Publishing 2015, Finalist for Paris Book Festival Award. The book was made into a film, THE UNATTAINABLE STORY, written by Gay with Harry Hamlin and premiered at Mostra in Sao Paolo in Brazil. 

LOST IN MONTREAL, another novel, published by Incanto Press, came out in 2014. 

Her play LOVE, GENIUS AND A WALK opened in the Midtown Festival in New York 2013, was nominated for 6 awards including best playwright, played in 3 pub theatres and Etc Theatre in London in 2018, and will reopen in 2020 at Theatro Technis. 

Gay teaches writing classes and in one-on-one sessions and many of her authors find agents and are published. Gay also edits novels and memoirs and has ghostwritten books ( that have won awards. 

For Gay, writing is an exploration in exuberance, inner psyche, truth and a transformative experience, no matter what type of book a writer chooses to write. She loves working with people and helping them experience this disciplined, creative journey. If one writes well, the results are always meaningful.