How to write a book – the basics

26/02/2009 at 5:36 am 1 comment

The first step to writing a book is to think of a story line. This needs to be something that can be sustained for 50 000 or more words. In arial size 11 (in word) this is around 80, or so, of text.

Once you are convinced about your overall plot you need to break it down. Look at what is going to happen in each chapter.

Tip: It is a good idea to try and end chapters on a cliffhanger. This will drive readers forward so that they will not want to stop reading.

When you have plotted out your book, you can take a look at the main character or characters. Create a fact sheet about each character, look at how they react to the different situation that you are going to put them in. For more info on characters see my blog post on creating a good character

Add the character information to your plot and you have the basis for a book.

Tip: Language is vital when you write. Make sure that your spelling and grammar are good. Make sure that you don’t use adjectives or adverbs unnecessarily. Rather keep the writing simple.

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  • 1. lawrenceez  |  26/02/2009 at 9:46 am

    Interesting post. I’ve written a good of psychological thrillers and blog about creative writing regulalry.

    “Create a fact sheet about each character, look at how they react to the different situation that you are going to put them in. For more info on characters see my blog post on creating a good character” = Early on in my writing I received some good advice on this. Writers should go over the biographical details for the main characters in first person, as it helps the writer to get to know the characters better. Also, the writer needs to be able to answer these two questions in regards to each leading character – 1)what does the character most want? 2) what does the character most fear?

    All best with your blogging, writing and editing. My creative writing articles can be found at http://lawrenceez.wordpress.com/

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