Lots of people dream of writing a best selling novel, but never quite get round to doing it! Publishing your own book is a lot easier in today’s market in comparison to the past. Previously many months were spent sending off manuscripts to various publishers only for them to be rejected or for them to languish for extortionate amounts of time on the “slush” pile. More often than not writers sent off their manuscripts and not hear from the publisher at all. The advent of the internet now means that the process is much quicker, including response times. It is also possible to go down the “self-publish” route.
The main obstacle which stops people from writing a book is the very process of actually writing. You need to write consistently to ever make any progress. Sitting down to complete the work is half the battle, the book won’t write itself! Practice makes perfect, this website focuses on teaching you everything you need to know about mastering the English language.
Here are some tips on what makes a book – good!
A theme can take on many elements, but it needs to be something which teaches the reader something new or relates directly to the reader. A great theme allows a journey of discovery to unfold and ensures that the book is a real page-turner.
Elements of surprise
A great book is unpredictable and never boring. If the reader can easily predict what is going to happen, there will be no reason to continue reading! Everyone loves the element of surprise and “twist in the tail” books are very popular. You need to be careful to ensure the twist is unpredictable, but not unbelievable. If it’s too “off the wall” the plot runs the risk of being laughable rather than gripping.
Include all the senses
It is well versed that a good writer will show the reader what is occurring rather than telling them. To do this effectively it is important to ensure that the book appeals to all five senses. The reader should be able to imagine how a situation or scene feels, sounds, tastes, looks and smells like. This allows the reader to become fully immersed in the story. An excellent writer will also evoke emotional responses in the reader, the reader will cry with the characters, laugh and rejoice. The reader will also feel as though they have lost a friend at the end of the book.
A real character will be strong in that the reader gets to know them inside out. Cliches will be avoided and the stereotypical pantomime “goody” or “baddy” should be avoided. Even the hero will have flaws and identifying them will make the character more believable. Weak characters will not have the same effect and the plot will lose its effect.
A good book will make the reader “care” about what happens to its characters. It will take the reader on a journey of discovery.
Don’t procrastinate any longer – get writing!