How to write a short story or a novel? – #throwbackthursday

Introduction + special guest 

Ladies and Gentlemen I have a new category for you; helping me with delivering this post is #throwbackthursday, along with a good friend of mine who is a special guest to this new category opening. I won’t introduce him just yet as he has his own special section all to himself. Lucky man indeed. 

So grab a pen and a notebook there’s going to be lots of useful ideas and notes that will help you to write a short story or a novel. I will be kicking it off first so here we go. 

How to write a short story? With Lizzy 

When I first started out as writing; I use to finish off ends of stories of what I thought might happen when I read them as a kid, by the age of 12/13 I had started writing my own stories. I started to write novels for one continuous child story; by the time college came I had a lesson of creative writing, went over it with a teacher at the time and there was so many story plots going on that we broke it down into short stories.

As you have guessed novels isn’t my thing; but it’s okay it wasn’t waisted at all means, it’s good to explore where your strengths and weakness are. I found that I enjoy writing short stories more than novels because for me it’s a lot easier for me to manage as I can have the consistence of managing one plot for each story but also to join or link it up to the other previous story or one before it. 

How do you write a short story? Here is a list of what do’s and don’ts:

  1. Know what your going to write about such as: children stories, romance, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sfy and etc.
  2. Have a beginning, middle and end
  3. Know which one is a main character and do they have a co-pilots to help them.
  4. Have a plan of what your writing 
  5. Make sure the theme of your story flows throughout 
  6. Don’t waffle in your story like you don’t know where it’s going
  7. Don’t forget to proof read at the end of it each time you edit 
  8. Don’t forget who you are writing it for
  9. Are you writing in a third person, narrator talking, characters telling the story. You need to work out who is telling the story. But remember once you have decided who’s telling the story; you have to follow throughout the story. 
  10. Set yourself a daily goal of how many words you are going to write each day.
  11. If it’s easier I recommend start from the beginning if you have a beginning, if you have a middle start the middle or you have an ending start with the ending. Either way you can fill in the blanks around what you’ve got as ideas will come through. 
  12. I hope my input helped a lot. Oh one more thing always scribble ideas down in another notebook or a piece of paper or anything you can get your hands on; as it maybe important for your story in a later date or it may fit into it or not, but you never know what’s around the corner.

How to write a novel? With Robert J Nello Aka RJ Nello 


Ladies and Gentleman put your warm hands together to welcome #throwbackthursday first ever guest; I give you the one, the only Mr Robert Nello. 

How to write a novel? With Robert J Nello

R. J. Nello was born in New York, lives in England, and is author of three novels (Passports, Frontiers, and Distances). His fourth, Conventions: The Garden At Paris, a historical romance set in the 1780s-1790s, is due out shortly. His web site is

Lizzy writes asking if I would share some advice on “how to write a short story or a novel?” As I so far write only novels, here is my brainstorm on that complicated, yet also very simple, question. I have 10 suggestions:
1. Our imaginations are “infinite” of course, but when writing a first novel do your best to write what you know pretty well. That may seem a cliché, but it’s a great place to begin if you’ve never tried novel-writing before. It doesn’t matter if you wish to write a dystopian world in a distant galaxy 100,000 years from now in which humans play no part in the universe, or three people stuck on an island in the Pacific in 1800. Seek to imbue your story with what you know based on your real-life experiences and knowledge.

2. Look closely at authors you admire and try to have a glance at their own personal “areas of expertise.” I bet they write tales related to what they are passionate about and feel secure about in their personal knowledge-base. My late uncle was a crime novelist. Guess what his job had been for 25 years before he took to a keyboard? He was a New York City narcotics detective. In Passports, I started out writing about a Long Island university, its diverse foreign students, study abroad, and “extracurricular student activities” because, well, essentially I lived that 25 years ago. I wasn’t going to write my first novel about, say, touring Punjab when I’ve not even been to India.

3. If you are writing about romance, what experiences have you had that readers may find interesting? Happy or not. Or death: Have you experienced the death of a loved one? Or illness yourself or of close friends/family? What you’ve experienced could well be much treasured by readers seeking just that sort of “advice.”

4. Before beginning my writing of the actual novel, I produce several pages of “outline” as to how the tale is meant to end, what will generally constitute the middle, and how it will start, and brief character summaries.

5. Write for your readers. Remember, you know what you are trying to say. They don’t. 

6. Develop a general idea of who is “telling” the story at any given time. I write generally from one point of view, but also vary it to encompass other points of view. I avoid “I said” or “I thought” and such because I find reading too much “I, me, I, me, I,” is tedious. But that’s just what, uh, I think.

7. Along the way, you will make changes from where you started and some changes may be huge. I have had secondary characters in my pre-write “outline” jump to the front and center. Two examples. “Valérie Khoury” in my first three books does not appear until half-way through Passports, but she becomes a major character from then on in that novel and in its 2 sequels simply because there was (is, because I hope to write another sequel) so much to her that I could not resist writing ever more about her – and I had once known “her” in my real-life. Similarly in the coming Conventions, “John Abbott” grew and grew in importance as I wrote. I enjoyed writing him and playing him off “Robert Rutherford.” Some great stuff is produced totally by accident. Don’t be afraid to follow new writing directions and pathways that seem to be working.

8. I begin each writing day with this sentence in mind: “Okay, friends, what are we going to do today?” My uncle had years ago told me that was how he started his writing days and that he went next with what “flowed.” What my “friends” produce as a result of “their doings” within the broad story target at which I’m aiming, is, I always hope of course, worth reading.

9. Whatever your fictional subject – be it that dystopian world in that distant galaxy 100,000 years from now, or those three people marooned on an island in 1800 – you are creating an entire time, place and group of characters. Those inhabiting your pages should live and breathe to your readers. Make your readers dislike someone. Or make them fall in love with one or more of them. It’s entirely your call. One woman reader actually wrote me, for example, that she really came to fancy “Mark” in Passports.

10. Above all, try to have some fun with it all. Creative writing is tough – and that’s why the world is “full” of unfinished and never written novels – but it should not be drudge work. Fiction may teach us some things, but it is, above all, entertainment and escape for your readers: a chance to go “somewhere” they may never have been and to “meet” “people” whom they would otherwise never have gotten to know.

Happy writing!

Robert Nello

Many Thanks

Many thanks to my special guest for tonight Mr R.J.Nello for being the first guest on #throwbackthursday; giving his opinion and tips on how to write a novel. Also giving me the opportunity to work with him on a blog about creative writing on how he works around the novel. 

We both worked together around the title where I know he is amazing novelist and knows his stuff; but also help me out in writing the blog as I have not got any clue of how to write a novel, I think I need to learn from the master of Obi Won Nello. 

I even giving him the idea of the title as well so he will be attaching his own one on his blog; I must advise that it is the same one as he has given me but why not read it again on his account, also have a look at his website. 

Thank you guys and good night. Xxx


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