Do you like reading? Have you ever considered the thought to write your own book, but you don’t really know what to do? This article will help you.
If You’re Writing Fiction
Figure out what you want to write about. Is it a drama, romance, comedy or informational? For some people, ideas come naturally, but for others, it’s a difficult step. If you’re having trouble, figure out what kind of books you like to read. Perhaps if you enjoy a lot of Stephen King, consider writing a horror or suspense novel. However, don’t make your novel too similar to the one you got your ideas from. People love a new, interesting, original book to read.
Know the elements of a good novel.
✓The setting. The setting of a book is the time, place, and circumstances in which a book takes place. You don’t state this outright, of course. A sentence such as the following will state this: Maria walked down the large slope surrounding the castle. Before she could get very far, though, one of her father’s maids stopped her and said “King Ferdinand would like to see you.” This suggests that Maria, possibly a young girl, lives on castle grounds. This would give the reader clues that the book might take place in medieval times. Maria is also a Latin name, which could suggest where she lives. Background knowledge would confirm the time and place, because the wife of King Ferdinand, Isabel of Castilla, approved and funded Christopher Columbus’s voyage to America. Although they both ruled Spain, he was only the king of Aragon, and Isabel, the more powerful of the two, was the Queen of Castilla. Columbus sailed to the New World about A. D. 1492, so this story probably takes place around that time.
✓The characters. Every story has some main and minor characters. It’s important that you make yours interesting and introduce them properly. There are several types of characters that a lot of
books have. A protaganist would usually be a main character and one that the book follows. Another type is the antagonist, which might be a character that makes conflicts or is against the protaganist. A lot of “evil villans” in books would be antagonists. These types are important to make your story successful.
✓The conflict. A conflict is a large problem that a character faces. Maybe Maria, the King’s daughter, has been asked to make the decision whether or not to let Columbus use Spanish ships and sailors to explore. She continues to face this problem for most of the story.
✓The climax. The climax is the point of highest tension in the book, the point where the reader is really holding their breath. Perhaps Maria has just decided against letting Columbus use Spain’s money to explore when he shows up, begging her to let him go, saying he’ll do anything to have this chance. This is the point where Maria has a big choice to make, one that changes the whole outcome of the story.
✓The resolution. The climax is over, the problem has been solved, and any “loose ends” have been tied up (However, if you intend to make a sequel, be sure to leave at least one or two loose ends unresolved). Maria decides to honor Columbus’s wishes, lets him go, and convinces her father to let her go with Columbus on his journey. It’s often interesting for the reader if there is an ending you weren’t expecting, so don’t always make the ending of your book predictable.
✓Details are one of the most important things to write in a book. Instead of just saying. “The sky was blue.” say what kind of shade of blue it is. It can really boost the level of your story.