I want to write a book where do i start
One of the most frequently asked questions by new writers is how to write a good book. As is the case with all arts, inspiration is the fuel for literal creation. While ways of inspiring yourself vary from one person to another, reading other books can always produce a sparkle for your own story or even a novel. It is why you can check this list of the craziest books ever written. After settling the matter of inspiration here are some tips that can help you improve your writing skills.
Important note: instead of going into details about how chapters should look we will use this article to elaborate on abstractions that stand behind the whole concept of writing a good book.
Define What You Want to Say With Your Book
One of the best ways to give the right allure to your story is to establish what do you want to say with it. What message do you want to send? Is it how life is beautiful? Or terrible? Or that life is pointless and that there are no rules?
How Do You Want Your Reader To Feel?
The next important question that ensues from the previous one is how do you want your reader to feel while reading the book and after he finishes it.
You can say that life is pointless with a single sentence: Life is pointless. But you can, for example, make a whole story about a man who tries hard and in the end, just gets stripped from everything he fought for. If you do this the outcome could be something like this. Readers will develop empathy and grow fond of your protagonist and after he is left without anything despite his efforts, or even killed, they will be angry. Angry on life. Angry on you. What you must learn to do is to manage that degree of anger. Because if they start hating you too much you might not get them to read another one of your books.
Therefore, as the story goes, you could give your protagonist a sin. He should do something wrong for which he will be condemned. That way the empathy will decrease and the final anger will diminish. But there might not be the final anger if you do this in a wrong way because if his sin strips all the empathy away reader might not finish the book. Therefore, you should give him a chance of redemption, or make his sin a product of great temptation or dilemma followed by regret. This way most of the readers will continue cheering for the guy.
What is important to understand is that these are just raw pieces of advice that could be implemented in dozens of ways.
How Will The Story Unfold?
You need to determine how do you want to say your story in the context of the timeline. We all know of regular chronological order. We begin, develop and end. And we don’t really need to provide any examples.
But there is also that famous reverse chronology way of narrating also known as the story of cause. A writer starts at the end or at some point of the story that is not the beginning. Then from there, a writer goes back in time and explains the causes from which the current situations came to life.
This can be extremely efficient if you create some very interesting situations that will induce the reader to ask the double question: Why did it happen and what is going to happen? This way your reader is going to have multiple motives to continue reading. Example:
Vini Po held his ax above the throat of Santa Claus. Santa cried and begged but it seemed that Vini Po will have no mercy. Tyson was trying to break the door but the metal was too strong even for his iron fists. Vini Po raised his ax high.
This is an example of how some parody could make a reader want to continue reading because of two reasons. One would be to find out what is the world in which Vini Po ends with an ax intending to kill Santa. Another to see if Santa is going to get killed or not.
Then there is the narration of the moment. Writing in present can be extremely efficient. The reason for this is you are allowed to simultaneously bread with your character and live through his adventures a second after second. Example:
He is holding a knife in his palm and slowly approaching her badly. Moonlight is covering her pale face and thin neck with long vain diving deep into her chest. He brings the edge of the knife right above her neck. There is barely any space between the edge and her skin. Suddenly, her eyes open and stare right into his.
The narration of the moment is an incredible tool if you train yourself to use it in the right manner. Of course, there is a combination of all these narrations.
Define Traits Of Your Protagonist
If you are an unknown writer striving to become famous this can be crucial for your marketing. Especially if the book is not a fantasy novel. Very often people chose to read so they can escape from the real world. And they don’t only seek to have fun. Readers can seek comfort as well. In cases like that, the moment of identification with your protagonist is very important.
A college student that was a victim of bullying will find the story of an oppressed child growing into a hero very appealing. Say nothing of ladies confronted with growing up under the discrimination ensuing from their outer appearance. The traits of the main characters don’t really need to be superb. A chubby girl with wrinkles can produce a great deal of empathy and induce readers to cheer for the protagonist from the first to the last page.
Let Your Imagination Go Wild
This is the most important tip you can be given. You need to allow yourself to think outside the box and let go of fears related to being judged. Every story is special in its own way. If you want to know what a ten-year-old thinks about autumn at 9 A.M. while he is forced to write an essay about it then elementary school essays are the best masterpieces you can ever find. However, if you want to know the theory of relativity we recommend something from Einstein. When it comes to art, good and bad are subjective matters and you must seek to express yourself in the way you see fit.
While the structure of a manuscript and the way of narrating can be an object of an objective critic, don’t ever let somebody tell you that your story is bad. No story is bad! And it is so because every story, in its own way and unique perspective, captures the life and reveals the soul of the one who writes it. And every soul will be beautiful in some eyes.
However, you must not let this advice encourage you to think your writing is perfection and discard all critics. We all need to work on improving ourselves on a daily basis. This is why you should listen to all critics coming from competent individuals and attempt to analyze your work as deep as possible.