6 tips on how to write a book

A guide for aspiring Writers

Writing skills are in demand in many areas — journalism, copywriting, fiction and non-fiction literature, blogging. If you want to write a novel, create any texts creatively and freely, use these six tips. These tips can be also used by students when writing essays. As a student I often contacted professional writers, who could help write a paper for me, and shared several tips with me:

1. Write in small portions 

It often happens that you are planning an autobiographical novel about your childhood, or a play about the life of immigrants, or a treatise on… well, say, the role of women in history. However, taking it all at once is like climbing the side of a glacier. My feet slip, my fingers turn red and cold, and blood oozes from my wounds. Then, from the depths of the subconscious, all your nervous disorders come to visit and sit around the table. Don’t give them the power. 

“I breathe in very slowly— and finally I notice a five-by-eight-centimeter photo frame that I have placed on my desk to remember about small doses. The frame reminds me: you need to write a piece. Small, like a five-by-eight photograph. That’s all for today. Now, for example, I will write only one paragraph about the place and time of the action of” – Ann Lamotte. 

2. Make sure that your topic is relevant to the reader 

“What can I tell you? Who am I? Why should anyone waste time on me?” Any author asks himself these questions. First, you need to realize that every person has something to tell.

First, determine what your topic is: popular or specialized, for an amateur or a person acknowledged about the topic. Who do you want to tell your story to? Who will benefit more from it? Do you want to educate a wide range of readers or improve the lives of professionals in a particular field? It is impossible to satisfy both at the same time.

A great story is always there. There is a rhyme somewhere inside your destiny, your personal story: a meeting, an event that you only have to remember-and the process of creating a story starts in your imagination.

And you don’t even always need personal experience. There are simple criteria for selecting and analyzing whether your topic is suitable for public appearance:

– the text should tell you something very important,

– it is not trivial to explain important processes,

– be acutely useful to the reader,

– justify a fresh, reader-relevant pattern and give it a name,

– tell the story of a bright hero.

The reader expects that you will take him away from the routine for a long time into an unknown world. So, try to create this world so that you want to stay in it.

3. Make a checklist “a good novel” 

If you have a desire to create a novel, the first thing to do is to understand what “a good novel” means to you. Answer this question in writing.

You can answer vaguely, or you can answer in great detail: first-person narration, superheroes, the Alps, mass invasions of evil elves.

How useful is this list? The fact is that if something is included in your reader’s preferences, then you can probably succeed in it as a writer. The language, color, and style choices, for some reason, evoke the greatest response in you. These are things that you understand.

You can create such checklists for what you have to write most often — articles, reviews, reports.

4. Write as you think 

Freewriting helps you discover your personality and improve your writing skills. During a freewriting session, you need to get to your primary thoughts before the well-behaved side of the mind “cleanses” them, negating their effectiveness. So write not as you say, but as you think.

What’s the best idea you’ve heard in the last seventy-two hours? Take five minutes to write about it, including everything you learned in your work. When the five minutes are up, review what you’ve written. If you can read it out loud and it will be understood by others, you have suppressed your most sincere thinking. Take another five-minute writing session and try to put your primary thoughts on paper.

5. Train in the short story genre 

The short story genre requires clarity of thought and the ability to put a lot of meaning into a small number of words. This is a great simulator of creativity — take an absurd or funny scene and describe it:

1. You build a castle on the sand and suddenly notice that the waves have thrown a bottle with a message on the shore. It says …

2. Explorers land on a distant planet. An amazing view opens in front of them! Tell us about their adventures.

3. You are sitting in a cafe — and suddenly time stops. Describe everything you see.

6. Show, not tell 

Don’t write “it was delicious”, but make the reader say “delicious” himself after reading the passage. The fact is that all these words (terrifying, beautiful, disgusting, exquisite) tell the reader only one thing: “Do my job for me!” – said Clive Lewis.

Mark Twain taught the same thing: “Don’t say “The old lady screamed”. Take her on stage and make her scream”.

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