Writing a novel is not for the feint of heart. It is a huge undertaking that can take months or even years to complete, depending on the amount of research and detail you need to you put into your work of fiction or non-fiction. Even knowing this, it can feel like it's taking too long to complete your novel, or that you'll never finish. If you feel that way, it may benefit you to read a few tips and tricks on writing and promoting your fiction in order to speed up the process without diminishing your book's quality or value to your readers.
One of the ways you can speed up the process is by creating an outline or a breif synopsis of the plot as well as short character descriptions. This can help you get your ideas down so that you do not have to continuously stop and think, What happens next?
Of course, utilizing a good novel planning and writing book, like Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook: Worksheets for the Writer, Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook, Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors 2) and Ready, Set, Write: Level 1, may help keep you focused and on the productive writing path.
For more writer tips and tricks, keep reading. You're sure to find some ideas to help keep you on the path to publication.
Throughout your writing journey, you’ve probably heard or read more than a few famous author quotes, but what do they really mean? Let’s break them down so that we can use the advice in a practical manner.
1. "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."
We might not think of the founding fathers as masters of brevity; however, Thomas Jefferson makes an excellent point here about concision. Choosing the best word for the phrase, the most precise word, is often better than a string of adjectives. Most commercial writers, in fact, should partially forget their extensive vocabulary lessons as the average reader of popular fiction can get frustrated by complex or latinate words. If you’re writing commercial fiction, you want to drive the action — that is what readers care most about. Clear, precise active language is more effective than flowery prose that goes on and on for paragraphs -- or worse, pages.
In any given fiction work of fiction, the story is told through someone's point of view. Whether or not this is through the eyes of a hero, a villain, or multiple characters, a point of view establishes what the author wants the reader to focus on. More often than not, the narrative is told through a single lens. This aims to keep the story consistent and make it more likely for the reader to sympathize with the protagonist. Examples of this include Harry Potter. However, other books, like A Song of Ice and Fire, are told through multiple points of view.
When writing fiction, whether novel or screenplay, a few basic elements must be present to tell a good story. For example, there must be a detailed setting so that the reader knows when and where the story takes place. There should also be an engaging plot, which is a series of events that hold the attention of the reader or audience and make them want to continue the story. These and other elements are like building blocks to a story. Without these elements, the story will either feel incomplete or perhaps just cease to be interesting.
However, these story building blocks revolve around the most crucial elements of a story, the characters. The characters are the “beings “who inhabit the story. Characters are not always people. Often, an inanimate object such as a house or a car takes on the role of a key character in a story. Or elemental things such as weather conditions can act as a character. Good characters can make an intriguing story even more attractive. A story’s main characters generally fall into one of two categories: Protagonist and Antagonist.
These categories may seem simple at first glance, but they mean more than a distinction between “good guy” and “bad guy”. Truly understanding the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist is crucial when creating characters that can appropriately drive the plot of a story.
The one draft method of writing a fiction book is the one where you do not have to write other drafts of the same work and also you do not need the final draft. This method is awesome if you do not love editing and doing re-writes.
Though, this method does not work for everyone.
Let us look at this method in terms of fiction writing. This method is a mind shift. You have to shift your thinking. It may seem slow but once you get the hang of it, it will be fun.
One-draft novel writing is a mind-shift
It involves pushing the creative side of the brain. It also involves closing on the analytical side. This prevents the judgment of the works before the customers do.
Using this method means that writing improves with time. In time you get to learn a lot. Not everything written will work, but writing so much makes thee flops not matter.
How to write with the one-draft method
First, you have to think like the reader more often. We think like a reader because when we think like a writer we think a lot and writing will not follow.
You should start writing, without thinking. Do not think about what will happen next. You should write like a reader that is anticipating.
Here’s where the one-draft method kicks-in
When doing the one draft method, you have to write and when you feel tired, go back to read your work again and make any changes.
Outline as you write
Instead of outlining early before you start writing, you should start outlining as you continue to write.
Read the book once it is done. Once you read it, move on swiftly to the next book. Once you stop and you start thinking about what will happen next, it blocks your mind and you will start doubting your writing. For you to avoid bad endings, stop and read the previous pages all through to the final part after changes.
Once you have finished, take your manuscript to the proofreader so that he or she can read through and look for mistakes. Afterward, send your work to the one who formats your book so that it can be published. Do not touch the book again.
What the one draft novel means for you
The method is a game-changer. The process of editing is a cause of annoyance especially if you are the one to be impatient.
With the one draft method, you do not have to think about rewriting. Without an outline that limits you, you can write much easier. The moment you have finished writing the book, it is done. The only mistakes are maybe a couple of commas and some spelling checks.
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Do you know the differences between active and passive voice? If you're confused, don't be alarmed. Many authors and writers don't understand the difference. All they've ever been told is - Always write in active voice. The truth is that you need a mix of active and passive voice, but let's take a look at the differences between the two.
I have always loved writing. When you find your groove it is amazing how the thoughts translate from your mind to paper or screen depending on your medium of choice. Many people see the abundance of literature that Amazon and other major outlets carry and wonder could they even find a place, or niche, in the market to make an impact. Of course, you can. All of the great authors that we admire simply had to find three things to propel themselves forward into the literary world. You need a strong subject matter, great research, and a pace of work that suits your habits. When you combine these three simple items you will be amazed at what you too can produce.
Have you ever stopped to think about how much your book is worth? When you contemplate that question, you probably think about all the services you purchased before and after publication, including book editing, proofreading, formatting, cover design and layout services. While these are all good numbers to know, and they do factor into the cost of your book, don’t forget about yourself. Even if you did all of those things yourself and had no out of pocket expenses, your book still has a price on it. Let’s take an in-depth look.
Writing the Book
The first thing you need to think about is the value of your time. What’s your time worth? What are you giving up to write your book? Was it a weekend getaway? Did you put more stress on your partner because you couldn’t help out with cooking or cleaning? Did you turn down family get-togethers to finish your book? All of these things have a cost. Of course, rather than give each of the events you missed a price, it’s easier to give yourself an hourly wage.
Let’s say you worked 20 hours a week for 16 weeks on your book and you decided that your personal hourly rate was $20. In this scenario, you spent 320 hours on your book. At $20, your total book cost is $6,400.
Writing a book and publishing a book are only the first steps to author success. This is because you could have written a great book, but this does not matter if no one knows about it. Thankfully, there are promotional tools and things you can do to help spread the word.
Social media is a great place to promote your book. You can potentially reach thousnads and even millions of people with properly timed and hashtagged tweets and posts. You can also start a blog, create promotional and informative articles and share those across your social media accounts. There are even sites where you can promote your book for free.
Additionally, there are also several Amazon books available to get you gather book promotion ideas so that you can create your own custom book promotion strategy. Great Noevel marketing books include:
- Novel Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books
- How to Market a Book Third Edition (Books for Writers)
- The Kindle Publishing Bible: How To Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon (Step-by-Step Instructions On Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Books) (Kindle Bible Book 1)
- How Your Book Sells Itself: 10 Ways Your Book is Your Ultimate Marketing Tool (Marketing for Authors)
- Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions
- Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing) (Volume 2)
- 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Real World Edition: Authors: How to sell more books, ebooks, multi-media books, audios, videos, white papers, and other information products in the real world
In addition to the above helpful books, here are a few articles to help you self-promote your books.
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