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10 Tips for Writing a Good Novel


by Pablo Palazuelo


1. Be patient

Writing a book usually takes a long time, unless you’re really lucky or already a pro. There are so many things to do, including come up with a good plot, do research, and develop your characters. You have to do all that and also keep surprising your readers.


2. Don’t stop writing

When you hit a deadend in one chapter, move on to the next one, or to one you’re ready to write. You’ll have time to go back to the one where you got stuck. The key is don’t stop, don’t lose your rhythm. There’s no law that says you have to write all the chapters of your book in order.


3. Write about something you’re passionate about

You’ll be more motivated and you’ll be inspired more often and that’s the hardest part.


4. The story has to be interesting without having to explain why it’s interesting

This is how you hook readers without making them read several chapters before finding out why they’re going to like your book more than any other of the thousands of books on the market.


5. Break some rules and surprise your readers

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the conventions of your genre but innovation is so much better.


6. Make your readers suffer along with your main character

Readers should be able to identify with your main character, not because they share life experiences but because you can make that character come alive for your readers.


7. Don’t throw away a great beginning by writing a terrible ending

Too often a brilliant beginning of a novel is wasted because of a weak ending. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to plan your storyline up front and have your ending ready before you ever start writing your first draft.


8. Doubt yourself

It is very common to think that if you like something, everyone else will, too. Don’t make that mistake. Make sure what you’ve written is really good.


9. Revise your manuscript

Of course you did, but have you done it enough times?


10. Have friends read your manuscript

Ask a few people you know to read the book before publishing it. Encourage them to give you honest, independent opinions about your work that will help you improve it.



Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.



Pablo Palazuelo authorAbout the Author

Pablo Palazuelo was born in Madrid, Spain in 1965. He studied Business Administration at Berkeley, and speaks several languages. Pablo and his wife have three children.

​After serving as a member of Special Forces in the Army, Pablo went on to start his own company, and pursue amateur photography. ​One of Pablo’s photographs was featured in a magazine, and he has used it as the cover design for his first endeavor as a writer and novelist, Never Too Late to Die. ​The book hit number one for most sold eBooks on Amazon Spain and topped many other charts without any marketing campaign.

​Pablo divides his time between Madrid and Los Angeles.

5 Ways to Boost Your Mindset Mojo for Success

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We all have that desire to be successful. The only difference is that there are those who actually manage to be successful, while there are others who spend all their lives trying. Well, that is also the case when we talk about career. Some of us succeed, but there are others who spend their lives trying.

Some people would even shift from one career to another just to see how they would become successful. Unfortunately, it is not really the kind of career that’s going to lead you to success. Rather, it is the right mindset. There are lots of people who would choose academic courses that are said to offer high salaries after college, but they later find out that there is more to success than merely choosing a specific career field.

How do you lead yourself to success? You do it by having the right mindset, of course.

It’s not that easy, I know. Don’t worry, these five tips will help you realize that you already knew what to do all along.


Know your worth

You can’t accept people to give you your worth if you don’t even know your worth to begin with.

When we graduate from college and get our first job, we assume that by doing our best, the company and everybody else we work with is going to return the favor. We assume that as long we are doing things right, we will get what we deserve, but sadly, other people won’t be giving us what we deserve. On the contrary, they will be giving us the opposite.

If there is one person who is going to give us what we deserve, that person is us. That being said, you have to know what you deserve. You have to know your worth. If you don’t know your worth then how can you expect to get what you deserve? If you don’t know your worth then you’ll feel as if you don’t deserve every good thing that comes to you.


Don’t settle for things that are below your worth

The truth is that you are the only one who is going to treat yourself right.

Don’t get me wrong. Other people are bound to treat you right, that is if you show them what “right for you means.” Why? Well, people are going to treat the way they see how you treat yourself. So, if they see that you are settling for less, they are bound to treat you with less value. You can choose to settle with it if you want, but if you’re just going to settle for whatever the world throws at you then you’ll most likely just be spending the rest of your life trying to chase success, but it will always seem like it’s out of reach.


Believe in yourself

We are all unique in our different ways. We all have our own set of skills that sets us apart from other people. So, you don’t have to compare yourself with other successful people. Your success is way different from other people’s success.

Believe in what you can do. Never doubt yourself.


Shun other people that put you down

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying that you should start avoiding people and cut off bridges. What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t let people bring you down.

Whenever they say things that are opposite your principles and self-concept, and then just shun off the idea. You don’t have to believe them. People can give opinions about you as much as you they can, but at the end of the day, it is still you who knows yourself best. So, just hold on to how you know yourself and don’t let yourself be let down by how other people try to put you down.


Have courage

You have to be brave. The world is going to throw lots of things on you, and there is nothing you can do about it than be brave.

You can decide to cry inside your room. You can sulk at the corner, but that’s not going to help you one bit. You have to bravely take on the world.


Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.




About the Author

Patrick works as a contributor at He is a former editor of a small town newspaper publishing. He is an avid fan of social media, and runs his own page for writing enthusiasts for his college. With the rising clamor for healthy living, Patrick immersed himself with water sports.


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