Fiction Writing

5 Critical Things You Can Do As A Fiction Writer To Finish Drafting Your Novel

Even if it’s not the Next Great American Novel or an instant New York Times bestseller

Alex Bentley
5 min readAug 5, 2022


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Writing is hard.

But writing a novel is far more difficult.

I should know. I’m now in the midst of writing my debut novel, She Called Me Night. A New Adult Romance story.

And I’m doing it… for the third time.

You see, my novel has been a work-in-progress (WIP) for the last two years. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how much work still needs to be done.

Now, I could sit here and tell you all the things I’ve learned in the last two years about writing a novel. Instead, I’m going to focus on the five most important things I’ve realized from diving back into writing fiction.

Five things I believe will help you get your ideas out of your head and onto the page. Things you can do to finish your novel, once and for all.

1. You need to know your characters inside and out

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s something I struggled with in my first draft. I knew the…



Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.