How to Write a Well Written Book
So, you’ve got this great idea for a book and (if you took my advice in my article Keeping a Journal) you wrote down your idea with the intent of crystallizing it and making it a reality. Only problem is, you don’t know where to begin. Like most novice writers (myself included), you get an idea for a good book in your head, start writing a little on it and then slow down (and in some cases, stop all together), trying to figure out where to go next. Writing a book is just like building a house; you need a blueprint. Making a blueprint of your book will help guide you through writing it from start to finish.
First, if you’re going to commit to writing a book, you also need to commit to writing every day. If you neglect to write something everyday towards your book, you will eventually fall behind and ideas will get away from you. I’m not suggesting you write a chapter every day, though you will probably get to that point. But you should write at least a page in a chapter. Once you start writing, your thoughts will begin to flow and before you know it, you will have written a page or more.
Next, give your book a title and determine the genre of your book. While you would still use a blueprint to write your book regardless of the genre, there are different ways to write different types of books. For example, writing an autobiography is different that writing a sci-fi novel. An autobiography is based on real persons and events so there will be some research you will need to conduct in order to gather facts. Your findings would be a part of the blueprint. Writing a sci-fi may require some research, but it is mostly born out of your own creativity. The characters are fictitious so you would have to give them life; describe each character; their personalities, life styles, line of work, etc.
Now you will want to give life to your characters. Just coming up with a name for the lead characters is not enough because it doesn’t tell the reader anything. You should strive to make your characters (as well as your story) as real as possible. Make a list of all the relevant characters that you will have in your book and begin describing them. Describe eye color, hair, profession, everything that will give life to your characters. It’s important that you help the reader draw a picture in their mind of each character in order to keep the reader entertained.
Once you’ve identified the characters of your book, you have to develop a storyline. You need to know what your story is about. Now I know what you’re thinking; you came up with the idea so you already know what the story is. Not quite. Remember, you just came up with a good idea for the book. A good idea can be as simple as writing a book about a guy who travels back in time, but what will the story be? This is where you get to answer that question.
Write out the climax, or the high point, of the story. This is where you map out the highest point; the cliff hanger in the book before it begins its descent and finally concludes. The climax can be a final confrontation between the good guy and the bad guy with the good guy winning the day and saving the damsel in distress. Every good book has a climax; a point near the end where the reader can’t put it down, and yours should be no different.
Finally, you need a resolution to the story. This is where you paint the picture of how the storyline of the book will be resolved. Try and give as much details as possible. Do some brain storming and consider different scenarios to the resolution and decide which scenario fits best. But, the most important part of having a resolution is to not leave the reader hanging or asking questions (unless there will be a sequel).
Congratulations. You now have a well written book that’s ready to hit the market. Now it’s time to get your book some attention. If you’re an independent (indie) author, you should seriously consider creating a Kindle edition of your book on Amazon. You can also try joining blogs and forums to prompt your book. Another great way to promote your book is by joining social networking sites like Face Book and a new website called Our Book Clubs and put the link to your book in your profile. Not many authors hit a home run and write a best seller, but with a little work, you can become an accomplished author and create residual income.
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