Sunday, 20 July 2014

What to do with a paper and pencil

A thousand years ago, the English language was very different from what it is today. The language was so different that you would never be able to understand it.

Around 1500 or so, the language evolved to be rather close to the English of today. Then it stopped changing abruptly. Why? It could have been due to a rise in population; Language changes more quickly if there are less people to speak it. But, no. Historical records suggest that the population was rising by the same amount throughout the Medieval times.

At this time, writing got a whole lot more popular. There were many historical pieces of writing written. A hundred and fifty years later, historians know so much about the Great fire in London because people wrote so much about it.

Now writing is commonplace in our society and appears in everything from newspapers to websites, from forms to roadside signs. This post has been published to introduce some basic writing tips for a fiction book.

For writing, possibly the best thing to have is experience, not only in writing but in reading. If an author of a fiction book reads only a few books, their work usually ends up almost as an exact copy of a bestseller. I made the mistake of writing the first chapter of my book very much like Wytse's.

Another important tip: If writing a book feels like work, then stop writing. If you are writing the right thing, the book simply writes itself. I must admit, I did not like writing Storm above the Alinian plains. But by the time I wrote three chapters, I felt like it was too late to turn back.

Imagination is very important even in nonfiction books. Imagination can come from reading a lot, knowing a lot of facts, and other sources as well. Inspiration for a story can range from finding out an interesting fact to seeing a strange bird.

Inspiration can also come straight from imagination. For example, what would happen if somebody travelled to the future or to the past? Many books and movies have been inspired like this.

If you want people to read your story from cover to cover, make an interesting title. Even though people know you should never judge a book by its cover, they still tend to pick up books with interesting titles. You should also make an interesting start to the story. I don't know how many books there are I have only read the start of.

All great stories have a similar structure. The start is when all the main characters are introduced. The problem should be introduced as quickly as possible.

After this, there is a series of events. The events can be introductions of more problems, or can be normal events. All events build up to and contribute in a way to the climax, the most exiting point. The solution to the problem is in the climax. After the climax, action diminishes. There is the conclusion, and then the big ending.

I hope these tips will prove helpful. Good luck!

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