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Guide To A Great Novel
Everyone has a different writing style – whether you write online or in a notebook. To create a novel you need to plan ahead, get a grasp of what you want and stick with it. Changing your mind half way through a book isn't wise, unless the plot change was originally part of the storyline. Great authors think ahead, so here is some tips to help you become a great writer.
The genre is important. It's basically the label to your book that draws peoples attention When writing you need to think of your target audience. Are you writing for kids, teenagers, or adults? If you make a book based on romance with the main characters above twenty- five, and the genre is Teen Fiction, then readers are going to automatically assume you have no idea what you're doing, and move on. On the other hand, if you're writing about two teenagers who have just started high school, then the genre would be Teen Fiction.
This doesn't mean when you write, Teen Fiction can only be Teen Fiction. It's okay to have a Teen Fiction novel with romance and humor.
When writing a novel, a plot line is the easiest way to sort things out. My plot line contains these five plots:
- Exposition- This is the beginning of your novel, where the setting and characters are established. Needless to say this shouldn't consist of too many chapters. The beginning conflict should be introduced here.
- Rising Action- The rising action is the part leading to the climax where all the hurdles are thrown at the protagonist, standing in the way of his goal. Remember the character has to face each battle, and find a way around these obstacles.
- Climax- Also known as the turning point of a story. The climax is where the biggest crisis of a book takes place called conflict.
- Falling Action- The point where the climax has already been introduced, yet the conflict is resolved. This means the falling action is made up of the events after the climax, and is leading towards the denouement.
- Denouement- Also referred to as "resolution". This is one of the most important role in a novel, in my opinion, because it's the end everyone is waiting to read, and it's also where the author ties up their loose ends.
Every good book has a theme! Theme is the message or moral of a story, and albeit you might not be writing about something cheesy, it gives the reads hope, and something to look up to, it can even encourage them to start writing. Theme is very important, and can be added in a novel anyway the author likes.
4. GRAMMAR AND SPELLING
No one is perfect, there will be mistakes, but it's best to re read your work to check over the mishaps. If there is too much errors then it will turn readers away. The best thing to do is having an editor checking over it, unless you don't want them to change anything about your novel, which they more than likely will. Editors tend to add their own slight touches, but typically it's for the best.
5. INTERACT WITH YOUR FANBASE
What does this have to do with writing a novel? It does help to have readers. What's the point in writing a novel if no one is going to read it? Interacting with your fanbase is simple, and a good way to show you care. Readers who comment, send you emails, or even write you are showing you their support, without them, you wouldn't have all the reads you do. So it's important that you send them a thanks back, and be nice about it.
6. CONTACT OTHER AUTHORS
I still use my kindergarten saying "Sharing is caring!" It's a great message, even if it sounds childish. Asking other writers to review your story, or for tips is not a bad thing. Quite the opposite actually. Sharing ideas is a great way to help an author with writers-block, and it's also a good way to crack some people out of their antisocial shell! I'm guilty as charged!
This guide had one sole purpose, to help you! What do you think makes a novel great?
When writing, what Point Of View do you use?
© 2016 Peyton Burke