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Episode 4: How to get started writing a novel


Welcome to episode 4 of Scratch Paper!

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but not known where to begin?

Ever wondered: how do writers get ideas big enough for a novel? Do you need an idea to start?

This episode kicks off a series called How to Get Started Writing a Novel. Go from zero to the first ten pages of your novel in the next five episodes.

In this episode (episode 4), we’ll talk about getting ideas. Next week, more ideas–then onto outlining, drafting, and research.

Listen in for prompts, ideas, and examples of ways to brainstorm a novel-sized story. We’ll talk about place–whether it’s a small place (like your house) or a big place (like Malaysia), place is a great way to start thinking about a story. I’ll give you place-related prompts and examples of how I get ideas from place to help you get started.

Grab a notebook and a pen and listen in!


Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Finding Lucy

Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella is a good example of a book where someone wants to live somewhere different but can’t.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Beauty and the Beast

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (THIS BOOK IS AMAZING)



3 thoughts on “Episode 4: How to get started writing a novel

  1. […] This episode, number 5, is the second in a series called How to Get Started Writing a Novel. You can listen to the first episode in this series, Episode 4, here. […]

  2. […] you to go from pen and paper to, say, 10 pages of a novel…and so far, I’ve talked about ways to brainstorm ideas using place as a starting point, more ways to brainstorm ideas, and how you might make an […]

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