American suspense author Michael Murphy is back today for a second guest post. He is going to give a writing workshop, based on his class You Too Can Write a Nove. Here’s Michael:
People who love to write often conclude they don’t have what it takes to write a seventy-thousand word (or more) novel. I tell them what I’ve learned from becoming a novelist.
The basic component of a novel is not a sentence or paragraph. The basic component is a scene. In school teachers often gave assignments to write a five-hundred word theme. We got through it right? If you can write a five hundred-word theme, you can write a five hundred word scene. If you can write three or four scenes, you can write a chapter. If you can write a chapter, you can write twenty or more. If you can write twenty chapters, you can write a seventy thousand word novel!