Writing a book is great way to express your imagination and your creativity, and it can be a really fun process. When writing you should feel free to build your plot and characters according to your imagination and taste, however there are still some rules and tips you need to follow in order to write a book that will be liked and well-understood by your readers. Writing is also not a straightforward process and you need to be creative with how you manage to put all of the elements together: the story, the plot, the message, the characters, the timing etc.
Think About the Main Idea\Message
Books don’t have to have a deep philosophical message, but most good books do revolve around a certain concept and make their writer change their thinking about life when they finish reading it. Many good books are actually born out of a certain philosophical dilemma and a message that the author wants to convey, beyond the story itself. But if you are not interested in illustrating or interpreting a special kind of message, you can still write a good book by creating interesting characters and a good plot.
Pay Attention to the Beginning and the Opening Line
A good opening line is supposed to catch the interest of the reader. Create an opening line and page that is clear and doesn’t sound too vague so you can draw the reader in without confusing him right from the get-go. However be careful not to expose too much in the beginning so you can develop the storyline gradually.
Decide the Time Period in Which the Story Takes Place
The time period is very important because that will determine the type of characters and their beliefs, their circumstances and their environment. Determine what the time period of your story will be and pay attention not to write something that doesn’t correspond with the time period you picked. It’s always the best to write about the time period you currently live in, as you are most familiar with it.
Pick Your Narration Type
Decide what type of narration you will use. There are actually a few types of narration, but the most common ones are:
First person: When the story is narrated by the protagonist or the secondary character (not the main hero).
Third person: When the story is narrated by a third person that is either omniscient (knows everything the characters know) or a third person limited ( knows only what a few characters (main characters) know).
Create Your Story
Decide what kind of events will take place and what will be happening to your characters throughout the book by chronological order. Write down a short version of it so you will have the main idea to develop the plotline.
Develop Your Characters
Develop rich and complex characters that have distinct personality traits, wants and feelings that have a role in how the story develops. Describe them but don’t go overboard with it. Show their characteristics, feelings and relationships through their interactions.
Develop the Plotline
There is a difference between a story and a plotline. A plotline is the sequence of the story events and it establishes how the events relate to each other by the principle of cause and effect. A plotline doesn’t have to go by chronological order. For example: if the book tells a story about a girl that travels to India and gets married there, you can first introduce her character when she’s already married, and then describe the series of events that led to her marriage.
Don’t Expose Too Much
A good book is a book with a decent amount of subtlety. It’s better to show the reader rather than tell him directly what is going on and what is the message of the book.
Pick a Good Title
Don’t pick a title that sounds too over the top and cheesy. It’s best when the title is either intriguing or just short and simple. Also, don’t pick a title that is too long and hard to remember.