I figured I’d take the time to help out all you book writers out there that seem to have trouble getting things to turn out the way you want. Perhaps reading this write-up will help lead you in the right direction.
Follow these tips to help get your writing off to a good start.
First and foremost, you should have characters that people can relate to. No one wants to read about a character with no flaws. No one is perfect after all. Stories need some kinda conflict going on. That’s another reason why character imperfections are important. You can use them to your advantage to move the story.
At the very least, you, the creator should be able to relate to your characters. I’m not saying write yourself in as the main character, or anything, but, you should have something in common with your character that you’re writing. Even if it’s something as simple as having similar goals.
Keep in mind how your characters would, or should interact with each other. Develop relationships for them. How do they know each other? How do they act around each other? Why should the reader care about them? Be careful not to let the characteristics of one character rub off onto another without explanation.
There shouldn’t be any unexplained reasons of a character contradicting something they’ve previously stated or did, or suddenly act like another character entirely.
Create a structure for you story. The better your foundation is, the more likely you are to continue writing it. Have each chapter planned. Have a general idea of what is to happen in each chapter, and know why they are important.
The more planning you do, the easier it will be to write the story. Don’t get mid-way finished and stop because your story was so broken in it’s structure that you had nothing of substance to build upon. Have as much of it planned out as you can.
After you’ve found yourself a good start and finished a few chapters, let someone trustworthy read it. They may have questions about your characters. “Such as, why is he so angry all the time,” or, “How did she lose all her fame and fortune?” Perhaps they are questions you planned to answer later on, and that’s fine, but maybe those are questions you didn’t consider. Remember, it’s not just a book for you, but for your readers too.
These are all important things to remember, however, you also want to leave some things up to the reader’s imagination too.
Find a good balance of what that should be. It may be as simple as where the character decides to go at the end of the story… or, maybe he doesn’t know why he does whatever it is he’s doing. But, for some reason, it’s significant and important. If your character is likeable enough, readers will come to their own conclusions, allowing the them to implant their own past experiences as explanations. This allows for a greater connection to the character in the story and the reader.
Read books similar style to what you’re writing. Pick up on the grammar and structure. Know where you want your story to go, from beginning to end, and keep telling yourself you can do it. Don’t defeat yourself mentally by telling yourself you can’t finish your story, or you might not finish it, or you will try to finish it. Know that you absolutely will finish it and work towards getting there.
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