Starting out with writing:
If you’re thinking about writing a book, it’s a great idea to gather some tips on how to start. Here are some tips.
1. Writing a book starts at the point where you get an idea. You need a solid concept to start something new. Something intriguing. It doesn’t have to be fresh or innovative, just something interesting.
From there on out you start to build on the characters surrounding this concept. Build on the surrounding theme, the idea, and the scenes one by one. Layer by layer. It might come to you in bits and pieces, but that’s okay. Make sure to remember everything or write it down. Don’t shoot down ideas yet. Anything goes in the development stage. You’ll figure out what to put into your book and what to leave out later on.
2. Put down your characters first. Define what they want, what they need, what they desire. This is the most important thing in a book. What drives your characters is what people find most interesting to read about. So create your characters from their emotions and will. Afterwards, you can start describing their looks, what they do, their hobbies, their passion, their age, and so on. Always make it specific. A character never likes ‘just books’. Specify what kind of books. A character never ‘just goes to school’. Describe his exact classes and what he/she likes or dislikes about them. Make them real. This also means introducing flaws. No character is perfect as no person in real life is perfect.
3. Clearly define your genre before you start writing, otherwise it might become unclear later on in the process. It is important that you label your book prior to writing, because you want to know exactly what it’ll turn out to be once published. You must know the ins and outs of that genre and what’s most appropriate in the genres. For example, not all genres appreciate the use of first-person perspective or present tense writing.
4. Do research. Do A LOT of research. I can’t say this often enough. If you find a topic you know little about, dive into it and find more about it. You can find loads of information on the internet if you know where to look. If you use regions in your book that you’re not familiar with, such as a different state or country, then make sure to use Google Maps for instance. You can see a lot of the environment this way and it helps with describing things in your book. The same goes for any kind of topic really. Make sure to get your facts straight.
5. Dedicate a special time of the day to writing. If you want to start writing, you need to have discipline. A story is much better told if you’re ‘inside it’ (not literally, but you get the picture). For example, writing for 1 hour between 8 and 9 PM at night is good for starters. Sit down and open that document. Even if you don’t know what to type, just think. Think about your book. The words will come to you eventually. If you keep this up and abide by your schedule, you’ll soon discover writing is easier than you thought. There is no such thing as a muse or writer’s block. You have to force yourself to write and let it flow. Don’t edit yet, just type out whatever comes to mind. This really helps to get your mind into that working mode. Before you know it, your book is finished and ready for editing and publishing!
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