For many people, writing a book is a cherished dream or a compulsory goal. It is indeed an exciting, deep, and complex creative process that requires maximum concentration and immersion of the writer in their thoughts.
But does it take a special gift to write a book, or is it a matter of technique and skill? In the end, these factors can appear later. You just need to start writing. To make sure your attempts are not in vain and bring you as much efficiency and enjoyment as possible, we have prepared some tips to help you work on your future book in a quality way.
Choosing a genre
It is the initial and basic stage at which the idea of the book itself will originate. Think about what genre you would be most comfortable working in and what you would be interested in. Do not be guided by the reader in this matter because every genre has its target audience and its connoisseurs.
If you like fantasy or detectives, then work in that direction. If you want to create a series of books, then it will be a little more difficult for you. It is pretty challenging to keep several books in one genre. Still, if you have creative ideas and a strong desire, then everything is possible.
Study the features of your chosen genre, find out what key characteristics it has and how you can incorporate them into your future book as much as possible.
Think about the characters
Since the reader’s attention will be focused on the main characters, it is important to make them memorable and special. A hero is a person or creature who will be at the very epicenter of the events of your book, so the character must fit the genre. If it is a detective, then make the main character a skilled detective with phenomenal abilities to solve crimes. Then create him an antagonist in the form of a dangerous and clever maniac who competes with him in intelligence. If it is fiction, your hero can be an unusual or mythical creature, but also an ordinary person who has encountered something supernatural.
If it is just a novel whose characters are ordinary people, add unique traits that make them individual and stand out from the crowd. It is important that the character has a twist that will intrigue the reader and cause a strong desire to unravel the character’s personality to the end. Include your knowledge of psychology at the moment of character creation.
Show how the circumstances in which the main character grew up affected them, what kind of life difficulties they had to face, and how this affected their character.
Reveal this theme in more depth, no matter what genre you choose. In a detective novel, you can portray a vulnerable and pathetic man who suffered abuse as a child, could not cope with the pain he went through, and decided to take revenge on the world.
Explaining cause and effect to the reader will allow you to be on the same page with them and evoke a storm of emotions.
Create a conflict and intrigue
The presence of conflict is vital in any book or series. There must be a central conflict around which all events will take place, and the plot will be based. It should be a confrontation of views and interests between several characters with detailed arguments on each side. You must explain to the reader why one character or another has a categorical position and what it is based on. Intrigue in a book provides the highest level of emotional impact on the reader and keeps them in suspense from the very first line to the last.
Manipulate the environment
As you know, with the help of descriptions of the environment you can convey the psychological state of the hero, their mood, experiences, feelings, and emotions. You can use this technique to add psychologism and charm to your book. For example, descriptions of various natural phenomena quite often correlate with the internal crises and experiences of a character.
Descriptions of the atmosphere in gloomy tones indicate that the inner world of a person is in harmony with the outer world. These are mutually reflective things that complement each other.
If you are writing a book in the fantasy or sci-fi genre, you need to think about the associations that your protagonist evoke and build on the images you get in your head. It is crucial to portray the hero against the background of the world and its manifestations.
Create a preliminary outline of the book
Think carefully about the book’s plot, create unique characters and place them in unusual circumstances. It is valuable advice for any writer. We recommend that you start with the characters, think about who you would like to portray, and then match them to the circumstances and plot.
If you are interested in portraying a strong-minded person who has gone through many hardships, just imagine them. What does that person look like in your imagination? What is their name? How old is this person? Where was he/she born and what did they do? By asking yourself these questions, you will gradually form a certain environment that will become the foundation for the plot of your book.
The writer’s task is still to reveal the personality, the character of the character against the background of life circumstances, so do not overdo it. Of course, the plot should be dynamic, but it should not completely absorb the hero. On the contrary, help them to show their best and worst features.