Strategies for Each Chapter
This is how a book enthusiast chooses a book to read. He goes into a bookstore, either on line or brick and mortar. If it’s a brick and mortar store, he’ll proceed to his favorite aisle, look for an interesting title, looks at the cover, if it meets with his approval, not just the picture but what is written on the front and back cover then he’ll start to flip through the pages. He’ll proceed to the first chapter and will read a few lines. For online buyers, they search for sample chapters on internet book sellers such as Amazon. One way or another, a serious buyer would want to see a glimpse of the written work. His next step would depend on the effect of what he read from the book. If the sampling grabs him and encourages him to take action, he will probably add the book to his shortlist or put it aside as a possible purchase. However, if what he read was unsatisfying to the state of emotion that drove him to wanting something new to read or to his intellectual taste, that reader will most likely move on to the next book.
Even professional writers, those who have been writing for years, sometimes find it difficult to begin a chapter in a new book. In fact, for many, getting starting is always the most challenging part in writing a book.
Before you begin a chapter, you have to first decide what will happen in your story. This can be achieved by creating a comprehensive outline of your intended plot. With a plot, you can create a good beginning and a remarkable twist ending. Once you have your beginning and ending, next is to fill in other areas of your outline with the setting, characters and plot. First, create your characters and their attributes. This task is important because your characters will be the main focus of your story. Your plot is useless if it does not have great and compelling characters. Then, picture the settings for each chapter. You should carefully choose where you want your characters to go and what happens to them. Write down the descriptions on your outline and strategize on how you will be able to deliver them.
Once that is done, it’s time to organize the chapters. What you have already completed, the beginning, ending, settings, characters and plot are essential because it will help you determine where to put what in each chapter. You can then alter the story on a per chapter basis if you feel your current plot lacks density and depth.
At times, you will feel that some chapters do not make sense or are totally irrelevant to the entire plot. Not to worry; by doing an outline this way, it makes it easier to edit a chapter when you feel it’s not in sync with the rest of the story. By placing the information that you want in each of the chapters in your outline, the speed with which you’ll be able to write your book increases substantially.