A lot of people would want to write their own novels but often wonder where they should start. Should it start by creating and developing the main characters, preparing the main setting, or coming up with an outline? A lot of questions can easily pile up and they can overwhelm you.
The truth is, each writer has his own unique writing styles and techniques, especially when it comes to beginning and ending a story. Here are a few pointers on how you can help you jump start your book.
Writing 101: Start BIG or Go Home
You should think of an opening that will keep your reader glued to your story from start to the next exciting episode. It can be an event that leaves them yearning for more. Your initial sentence should be something that is so powerful it reaches out to your readers and pulls them in. If you can come up with an engrossing into, you will be able to engage your readers right from the get go they would want to put your book down until the last page. You want to make your readers feel that they are part of the story.
Some writers usually start their opening paragraph with a question. This is an effective way to attract readers and get them involved early in the game. However, the question should have substance and purpose. To do that, the question should be philosophical or something that seems like it. It should be the type of question that the reader will ponder on during the whole time they are reading the book.
Use a Map to Write Your Book
Most professional writers create outlines before they set out developing their story. Outlines will help you remember key events in your story. Create an outline for every chapter of your novel. Of course, your outline can be rearranged as you go. It just serves as your guide in the progression of your story. It leads you from your starting point to your destination.
The outline can be written in any style that you like. It can be in depth or just a simple summary of how you want your story to develop. Keep in mind that the more information you put in your outline, the more intense and vibrant your book becomes.
Character Matters: Start Writing Your Book
One of the most important elements of a book is its characters. They create intrigue and this is what keeps your readers glued to your story. As long as your characters are interesting, you can rest assured that your readers are attached to your plot. I’ll focus MORE on how to develop engaging characters in a different section. Stay tuned.