Rules for Writing a Book
It is not always easy to write a book.
There are certain rules you have to stick to. Here are a few.
1. Leave out parts that you would skip if you were reading
We all skip certain parts in books. Think about what parts you would skip, and avoid writing these parts. If there are parts in your book that you feel readers would skip; ask yourself if it is completely necessary to keep in.
2. Avoid prologues
When reading a book, a lot of people will skim past the prologue and not read it. If a prologue adds a specific, necessary element to your book; keep it. If not, reconsider whether you need it in your book.
3. Keep your exclamation points under control
Exclamation points are used to convey a certain emotion; however, do not go overboard when using them. If you overuse exclamation points your book will seem unprofessional.
4. Don’t open your book with the weather
Whilst pathetic fallacy can be a beautiful thing, opening your book with the weather may not grab your reader’s attention straight away. You need to ensure you capture their attention as soon as they open your book.
5. Proofread at least three times
Proofreading ensures all mistakes in your book are checked and corrected. Proofreading at least three times simply enables you to see that all the possible mistakes have been corrected and removed.
6. Show, don’t tell
Create a 3D world for your writer’s. Show them descriptions of characters, rather than telling them 2D descriptions. Be sure to include detailed descriptions and allow the readers to feel fully connected to your book.
7. Give your characters motivations
Giving your characters motivations will give them something obvious to work towards throughout the whole of your book. Without motivations, your characters can potentially just feel like fillers.
8. Avoid overly long sentences
Try to avoid writing long sentences. If the majority of sentences within your book are overly long, developed sentences then people may be deterred from reading the rest of your book.
Matt Haig says:
“It isn't the words you choose to use. It's the words you choose not to use.”
Certain words can change the whole feel to your book, so be sure to choose what words to use and not use carefully.
Margaret Atwood says:
“Don't sit down in the middle of the woods. If you're lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road.”
This is more of a rule when it comes to writer’s block. If you come across writer’s block, Atwood’s advice is to keep going, even if it means moving backwards to the point where you came across the writer’s block and try a different approach.
When writing a book; stick to the rules. Be as individualistic and unique as you can be whilst complying to the rules that make a good book.
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