If you’ve always been good with writing, always found your way around the words to deliver a point, then you have probably thought about writing your own book. Easier said than done and not because writing a draft is difficult, no. It’s hard because your own insecurities get the best of you. You fear being mocked, being laughed at, you’re afraid you’re not good enough or talented enough to write a book.
On top of that, there’s always that little thing called procrastination. Mix it all with a pinch of “I don’t even know how to write a book”, and you’ll get your classic “I wish I would have done that when I had the time”.
Please understand that life is too short, it’s like a “Roulette live online version” – you never know what will happen tomorrow. If you bet on red or black, you won’t lose more than you stake on, but you might create something amazing. To put it simply, if you want to write a book, then you should. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, at least you will try and that’s good enough for today. There are a few tips that can help you out in your writing adventure.
Any book has a plot. First and foremost, an author begins by deciding on a topic for his next book. The primary criteria for selecting a writing topic is the author’s genuine interest in it because if the author isn’t interested in writing about the topic, the reader won’t be interested in reading the book.
In contrast, the author’s genuine interest in the subject will pique the reader’s interest. Consider the following: “What important point do I want to convey to others? What was the most important experience for me? What event had the most impact on my life? What has piqued my interest recently or in the past? What are the questions I’m trying to answer for myself?”
Also, consider your favorite aspects of books, such as plots, scenes, and descriptions. If you understand your reader’s preferences, you can succeed in the same areas as a writer.
You can pick any topic that you want, that you are interested in. The search for a topic should not take too long; otherwise, you will be working against the book rather than on it. Make a commitment to yourself that you will select several specific topics from which to choose in a month.
Set a timer for half an hour, for example, and begin inventing a topic while ignoring all other tasks. After deciding on a topic, investigate it from all angles, taking into account the reader’s personal preferences, and then decide on the plot that will serve as the foundation for the book.
If the subject of the book is the subject of the narrative, then the plot of the book is the angle from which you will present the subject to the reader. Choose the genre to which your future book will belong. Knowing the genre’s traditional canons, allows you to identify the main plotline.
A genre, for example, is a short story in form, a tragedy in content, and a lyric in type. Have you ever seen a portrait drawn by an artist? He begins with a broad outline, works in broad strokes, is guided by a broad composition, chooses colors, and determines the lighting angle. A portrait does not begin with details, such as an eye or an ear.
The book’s text works in the same way and should be structured. The book should have an introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Begin with the tie. The reader knows whether or not he wants to read the book from the first pages. It should be flawless, vibrant, and enticing.
- Consider the type of plot. When the plot develops inconsistently, many writers employ a non-linear viewpoint. This is intriguing, but make sure that everything looks harmonious, complements one another, and does not confuse the reader. You can also make it a classic, which is a win-win situation if you consider all of the details.
- The plot should unfold gradually, with no abrupt “jumping” from one location to another. The reader should not lose track of the meaning, nor should he or she become lost in the narrative. Don’t forget about the intrigue, which must always be present, but also allow the audience to reflect and push certain ideas.
- It is not necessary to include a large number of complicated and lengthy descriptions. Books should be dynamic because that is what attracts and captures readers.
All in all, you should approach writing as if you’re creating a scheme. Think about every possible detail, don’t over-complicate everything, and enjoy the process.