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How to Write a Good Book (With Tips)

Updated on April 10, 2017
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How to Create a Good Title

So, a great book needs a great title! You can name the book after many things, like after the character or after a quote a character says. A creative idea is to name the story in another language. However, make it short and mystic. Make it mean something. You can also name it after the main character.

How to Make an Awesome Chapter

If you want to do a chapter book you don't have to exactly name it the chapter. You can simply call it "Chapter 1" instead of adding a whole overview (like "Legend and Lords"). Try to make the chapter like an entire story- have the main character (if from first person viewpoint) tell about himself, or make it a prologue (which starts off the story with a bang). Chapters are usually 9 pages long, so make it long and full of detail. Remember, try to involve the reader from the first paragraph.

How to Write an Overview

If you want to create an overview, first decide what your story is about. If it's about a boy called Jerry, then develop his character. What is his personality? Job (if he has one)? Skin color? Hair color? Eye color? Fave pet or friend? Whose his parents? What type of story is it? Mystery? Then make Jerry a killer or a detective. Horror? Make Jerry a victim of a killer, and then make Jerry come back as a ghost who goes around killing people the same he died. Romance? Jerry could be the main guy who finds love in an unlikely place.

How to Work Up an Outline

Help also comes in the form of an outline. Start out with a "1. Beginning" and then "A. An overview of main character ". Then place a "1. Personality:???" under that. Confused? Look down below for a completed outline of Jerry and his story.


1. Beginning

A. Jerry

1. Personality: Mysterious, kind, stuck up sometimes

2. Description: Black hair, brown skin, brown eyes

B. Jerry walks to bar

C. Jerry meets a killer

2. Middle

A. Jerry gets kidnapped along with many others in the bar

B. Killer says he will kill everyone if his demands aren't met

3. Crisis

A. Jerry is taken hostage and the killer says he will kill him

4. End

A. Jerry manages to call police

B. Everyone is saved and the killer is put in jail



How to Publish

Now you want to publish? You can use Lulu.com to make your book into a printed masterpiece or a digital work of art. You have to pay a fee to get the book printed but the ebook costs nothing unless you want to sell it to ebook displaying companies (like Amazon).

Other Tips (Naming the Story)

1. Do not try to name the story after a whole quote (If that's what you chose). Instead, shorten it.

2. Do not name the story after a character's first name unless it focuses on that character. A last name, like Anderson, may work. Ah, "Anderson", gives you a flair of romance if joined with the right storyline and cover!

3. One good tactic is researching what your main character's name means. For example, Lola means "strong woman". Then you can name the story "Strong".

In a story about cats, a great name for this beauty could be Ice because of her blue eyes.
In a story about cats, a great name for this beauty could be Ice because of her blue eyes.

Other Tips (Naming the Characters)

1. When naming a character, don't try to go over the top. A name like "Lilly Tulip Iris" is just too flowery, and repeating. Try varying the name, like Ripley Iris Jackson, and don't make the name have two or three middle names unless you're writing about the queen or something royal.

2. Don't make the last name too boring. That is, unless you want it to be. It all varies. A last name like Johnson may seem a little dull to me, but seem vivid and full of life to you. Just follow your senses and try to look from the audience's prespective. My dad recently advised me about a name and told me that the name may be pretty to me, but be dull to the audience.

3. Don't overdo it. Don't try to name the character after his personality (unless it's a housepet named by a child) or his features. Calling a human Broken may be strange, but great for a cat.

4. As stated above, only name a character because of his personality (because how did his parents know he would have that personality? Etc) unless he changed it himself. Then maybe.


Remember, you can tell your story any way you like.
Remember, you can tell your story any way you like.
Make the story flow, unless you want it to be jagged and set the reader on a confusing whirlwind (not recommended).
Make the story flow, unless you want it to be jagged and set the reader on a confusing whirlwind (not recommended).

Other Tips: Grammer

1. Depending on your audience, don't use big words. Use words that fit your audience and genre.

2. Don't use words that aren't that common too much.

3. Always try to hint what the word means if it is unfilmilar in the sentence.

5. Be descriptive! Use vivid words and try to illustrate for younger readers.

Only YOU Can Tell the Story Your Way!

Remember, this was just an article about how you could do it. It doesn't mean that you could write the story better than what you could do if you followed these instructions. You could always make the story more mystic, or without chapters, because it's your story!

No one can pick up your idea and immeaditely know what it is about. You have to do that yourself. You have to make it beautiful...it doesn't matter if it's ugly to someone else, only if it's prefect to YOU!

Thank You for Reading

Comment below with your own tips! Share your ideas and expertise!

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Matty,

      Thanks! Are you thinking about writing a novel?

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      Matty Fernandez 4 months ago from Passaic, NJ

      Great tips!

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Maryam: Thank you very much! That was appreciated!

      FlourishAnyway: Yes, I have heard of books like that. Sometimes I just like to vary it, by having a boring name and then having a memorable name. For more important characters, I give them boring last names and then memorable first ones. For minor characters, I make sure I have it the other way. It's a tactic that works for me.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      I like your commentary about naming characters. There are boring names in real life and people who are stuck with them. I recently, however, read an Australian novel in which every single name was very wired and that was off putting. It was lik the author was trying too hard to be unusual.

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      Maryam Rehman 4 months ago from Pakistan

      GalaxyRat:

      Thank you so much again! you are gifted!

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      I'm glad this helped you, Maryam! Your story is beyond awesome!

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      Maryam Rehman 5 months ago from Pakistan

      GalaxyRat:

      This article is so much helpful and awesome... I had a lot of help from this and it would certainly be helping me write my novel :)

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      Larry Slawson 5 months ago from North Carolina

      Really great tips! Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed reading!

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      GalaxyRat 5 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thank you sooo much, Kiss andTales! You are gifted as well, and thanks a lot for paying attention to my Hubs! Bless you!

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      Kiss andTales 5 months ago

      You are very gifted ! Thanks for sharing it here.