So, You Want To Write A Book …

So, You Want To Write A Book...By Lesley Vos

Stephanie Mayer, J. K. Rowling, and Margaret Atwood … What do these beautiful women have in common? They are all famous writers. Do you want to be the next one?

Today’s economy is ever changing. According to The U.S. Department of Labor, half of the professions that students will choose in the year 2025, do not exist today. And a half of professions popular today will cease to exist at all. But there is a niche that is becoming more and more popular today, and this is the work of a writer.

Many professions have a tough age discrimination, but a value of a writer does not depend on her age at all. The more experience she has, and the richer her vocabulary is – the more interesting her works will be for readers. Even though the medium has changed greatly, people have not stopped looking, listening; and this means, that there is still the need for fresh new stories.

First of all, let’s check to see if you have the writer mentality, here are ten signs of its presence.

1. You read a lot of books.
2. You like learning why people do things.
3. You have a diary.
4. You “watch” a movie about yourself in your head.
5. You write fan fictions.
6. You post thoughts instead of cats or dogs on your Facebook.
7. You like to lie a bit, when the truth seems too boring for you.
8. You always write your thoughts down to your Notepad.
9. You can visit a book store for 5 minutes, but leave it in a couple of hours instead.
10. You prefer listening and observing to talking and telling.

What to Write About?

“I have such a life, that even ten novels will be not enough to describe it”. This is a common phrase of many women who dream of becoming the next best seller. Not offend, but no one is interested in your life (or mine for that matter). Certainly, there are some exceptions: for example, you are Miley Cyrus or Stephen Hocking. But if you are not famous, it would be better to postpone your memoir writing a bit.

Aristotle believed that only 36 possible plots existed. Christopher Booker reduced this number to seven, and J. L. Borges proved the fact that all people’s stories could be told using four plots only. Your task is to take any archetypal story and write it in a way that any reader can understand, that this story was written about them. Can you see the difference? The story should be about your reader, not about you. If you meet the expectations of your target audience, there will be no need to worry about the beauty of words used (but it is still better, if you do this).

A Mystery

We like reading stories where mystery can be found. For example: Who is Stackhouse in reality (Charlaine Harris – True Blood Series)? Why does the U. S. government want to destroy Professor Langdon (Dan Brown – Inferno)? To make a better effect, you can ask a question in the title itself: “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”, the writer Peter Hadges asks his readers. And we read this story till the very end to find the answer, even if this story isn’t easy and pleasant to read.

Do not forget about the rule of a hook. All editors get dozens of pitches every day, so they have to form an opinion about your novel from the very first paragraph. Make it intriguing enough to “catch” a reader.

The Protagonist

There are three main rules to follow when you try to create a protagonist of your story:

1. He should not be alone.

There is nothing more interesting for people than relations. Even Daniel Defoe had to add Friday to his well-known story about Robinson Crusoe, because this novel once became boring even for its author.

2. His transformation.

What will happen to a protagonist in the end of your story? How will he change? In other words, your reader should see the transformation of your protagonist, and these changes do not always have to be positive, they can be negative . Is it really good, that Bella Swan (Twilight) has become a vampire?

3. His ambiguity.

Your protagonist can’t be just good or bad, he should have both light and dark sides. Moreover, his dark side should win from time to time, as it will help you add some more intrigue to the story. What if a protagonist does not come back from the dark side? But do not go too far: readers always identify themselves with some characters, and it will be better, if this character is not Dexter.

Your Legend of Yourself

Romain Gary, a famous French writer and an Prix Goncourt awardee, had been arguing with one critic who did not accept his writing for a year. All readers observed these debates with excitement, and wondered who would finally win. When the swordplay of critic and writer has reached its apogee, it became clear that both characters were one and the same person. It was Romain Gary himself! But this is not the end of the story.

A new writing star has appeared in 1970′s – Emile Ajar. He was so talented, that he made everyone forget about Romain Gary, and he got Prix Goncourt soon as well. But when he came to get his prize, the audience saw no one else but … Romain Gary! The whole story about an old writer and his young competitor appeared to be a fiction.

The point is that you should try to become an interesting personality for your readers. When they are intrigued by your persona, they will definitely want to read your writing works. This is one step closer to your fame as an author.

So, do you still want to write a book and become a bestselling writer?

is a blog writer of Bid4papers. She helps students reach their academic goals, teach French language as a private educator from time to time, and writes her first e-book at the moment. Lesley is a passionate reader, and she does not hesitate sharing her thoughts and experience with other people.

Powered by WPeMatico

Leave a Reply