Posted by Alex Alexander • March 22, 2016
Beginning any book is a daunting endeavor when it’s your first book the task is even more difficult. You start with a great idea for a book. A wonderful story you know others will enjoy reading. You sit at the keyboard ready to go, and that’s where it becomes a frightening venture into the unknown.
Well, writing your first book doesn’t have to be that way, that’s why I came up with these suggestions to make starting your first book easier and less traumatic.
What is your book about?
Begin by trying to summarize your book in only one sentence. Pretend you’re writing a blurb for the book jacket. Describe the story in interesting detail to make the reader want to pick up the book and read it all the way through. If you’re unable to describe the story in one sentence, you may not be focused enough yet. Rethink your story line and try this again.
Know what you write, write what you know
A famous saying, among writing teachers, is “Write what you know,” meaning you should take advantage of your personal experiences and write about things you are familiar with.
This is great advice, but especially when writing fiction, you also need to “Know what you write”. If you are writing about something outside of your normal experiences, you need to make sure you do your research so you have a complete understanding of what you’re writing.
Create interested readers
What is the easiest way to make your book interesting to your readers? The secret to getting and keeping your readers interested in your book isn’t to write about well known themes like war or death. The news of someone’s death doesn’t matter to most people unless the person is someone they know.
Taking this into consideration, when writing your first book, the secret to keeping your readers interested in your story is to create a main character that your readers feel like they know. Create real people. Then put your main character in a situation where he has a lot at stake. The situation need not be of major importance, it needs to be important to them.
Don’t show your whole hand in the first couple of chapters
The more information you think up about your characters and the setting, the more real your story will be to your readers. But, you don’t want to tell your readers everything in the first chapter.
When writing your first book keep most of this information to yourself and dole it out as the story unfolds. This will keep your readers interested and turning the pages to learn all they can about the characters and setting of the book. Otherwise, there isn’t any reason to read the whole book.
Keep your characters true to themselves
If your character acts a certain way through the book don’t force them to act differently just because a scene may sound better otherwise. If you do, your readers will notice and not be very happy. The character will no longer seem real to them, and that is a very important part of any book.
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