Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The essentials of writing a good book

Many aspiring writers keep asking me about the things they should keep in mind while writing a good story. In this blog I would like to share a few key points a good writer must focus on –

As a novelist I feel what keeps the reader glued to a story is how one sets the mood and the tone of the book. It is good to ensure that -

  1. the beginning of a story catches the attention
  2. the middle keeps the readers hooked to the story and turning pages
  3. the end leaves the readers thinking about the idea/story

In short, get them hooked to your story from the word go. Gradually reveal your cards and when you finally end it, always leave them wanting more.  

At times, language is a problem with debut writers who may otherwise have a fabulous story to tell. Don’t fret over it. If you have a powerful story and you write it with your heart, it will surely connect with the readers.

However, if your find that the language is hindering your creativity, try the below:  

Keep it short and simple.
Avoid being too descriptive or using long sentences.
Develop the characters well and let them do the job of ‘telling’ the story.
Keep it natural. Don’t try to be superfluous.
Take the help of a good editor who can help you with the language and structure.
Don’t be in a hurry to get your work published.
Most importantly, believe in yourself and never say never.

Happy writing! 

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