There are many so-called “rules” that every writer should know before even attempting a work of fiction. Some are easier than others to follow. While a writer should read up on the fundamentals of creating solid fiction, this article will focus on three main rules that a good writer must know of and must abide by during the writing process. They are as follows:
1). Show, don’t tell. This rule has probably been mentioned so many times that every time a writer hears it he cringes. Too bad. It’s a rule that has to be followed. Imagine a character described by an author as tall, pretty, sad, and pathetic. It’s difficult to do, right? That’s because we don’t have specifics. How tall? What does the character look like? How sad? Without showing those specifics, the reader has nothing to visualize or grasp about a character. Now, change the character description to: “the girl with the symmetrical face couldn’t stop crying, even though she had no idea anymore what she was crying about.” That’s a much more creative way to say “the pretty girl was sad.”
2). Start with a bang. Many writers might disagree with this rule, since a good amount of quality stories start slow and build. However, even a novel with a slow start has to begin with something worth reading about. Opening a story or novel with lots of exposition or scenery description will quickly lose any reader. Decide what your story is about first and inform the reader of your conflict as early as possible. Weave exposition, description, and any flashbacks in with the development of the plot. Do not “info dump” in the beginning and then start moving the plot along.
3). There must be something at stake. There are too many stories written about nothing. Even Seinfeld, the show about nothing, had individual episodes about something. What do your characters have to lose? To win? What are they seeking? If you can’t answer those questions, stop writing immediately. They are the building blocks of conflict and tension. Do not write a story about a couple of characters floating around not doing anything and musing about their life. Your readers will tune out.
Anyone who sticks to those three main rules will be able to write compelling fiction. Without these rules, a story is flat, stagnant, boring, and uninteresting. Be sure that you are writing a story worth reading and worth the investment.
There are many amateur writers who would love to write a novel. Not all of them know where to get started. This is a basic blueprint for first-time novelists to learn how to approach writing a novel.
Writing a novel is every writer’s dream. Not everyone with this dream knows how to take on the gigantic task of writing 40,000 to 120,000 words or more with one legendary story. Here is a simple blueprint to writing a novel for those who want the chance to make their writing dreams come true.
Start With A Title: The most important step in writing a novel is coming up with something that people will want to read. Without a clever title that stands out among the crowd of books available, then there is no point in writing a novel at all. Come up with the main idea for the novel with a catchy title and go from there.
The Beginning And The Ending: Every story has to have a purpose. Before proceeding any further, decide why the story is happening and where the story will end. Making this decision will help the main character to develop throughout the novel. Choose a problem for the main character to deal with in the beginning and a goal to work toward for the end.
Choose Chapter Names: The best way to stay on course throughout a novel is to prepare a series of events for the characters to experience along their journey. Having the basic ideas set in place before giving the details will keep a nice pace, and will help avoid rabbit trails.
Develop Main Characters: Before writing the story, it is important to know a few basics about the main characters. This will ensure that they act consistently throughout the novel. Making a profile for each main character will keep the novelist on the right path.
Just Start Writing: The hardest part for any first time novelist is believing in their abilities. The best thing any writer can do to get started as a novelist is to just start writing. If a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, then the journey of writing a novel begins with one word.
Use these steps and start writing a novel today.
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