Are you considering writing a book, or thinking some day in the future you might want to? If so, here are a few quick tips I’ve learned while going through the early stages of the process:
- Read. Yes, in order to write good you must first be a reader. Choose books in the same genre as what you’re interested in writing. This will give you a feel for how your book should be, and help polish your sense of “wording” within that genre’s style. I read whenever I have time for this reason; the moment I stop reading I begin losing my sense of good “word usage,” and how to better describe scenery, body language and facial expressions.
- Love your story. Come up with a story or subject matter you yourself care about and value. Chances are, if you’re not interested in your own story or subject matter, no body else will be either.
- Love your characters. Those of you looking to write a good story or novel must be able to connect with and share in the feelings of your characters–dig deep inside you and find what makes them relatable to you and to potential readers. Keep in mind, if you don’t like or enjoy your characters, chances are no one else will either. Now, obviously not every character is meant to be likable, but for the most part a main character needs something that appeals to readers and to yourself.
- Practice. You must start writing now, even if you don’t plan on writing full books yet. Doing this will help you learn and polish your style of writing, and prepare you for when you do plan to write a story with the intent of publishing.
These are the Basic First steps. But there is so much more to learn and consider while creating a book. Follow this new category I’ll be posting to: Making Your Story & World. There I will discuss the craft of writing, techniques, and things to keep in mind while creating your book’s world.
Be inspired, and write your story!
~The Elusive Dreamer