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Effective Steps on Writing Your First Novel

Guest Writer October 14, 2020

Effective Steps on Writing Your First Novel

Being an author can change your life. More so, you can make a great impact on people who read your works. Thus, it makes way to more reason why one should become an author. Telling stories and sharing your knowledge with the world is one of the most amazing feelings there is. However, as exciting as it may sound, being able to narrate your story effectively is not that easy. You need to do a couple of measures to get the hang of it. This includes reading more books that can impart knowledge in writing your first book. Playing Hurt by Gerald L. Nadella is a great example. The tale is set in the 60s, telling the story of a couple and their struggles as they come of age. This story has earned positive reviews about the author's writing style, which makes it a great novel to learn from.

If you want to achieve a book that contains an excellent writing style, the following steps could be of help.

Find a Genre You Like to Write About

Suppose you have an idea of what you can efficiently write about. Asking yourself a couple of questions will be helpful in finding a topic. What do you feel is important to write about? Who do you want to read your stories? Subsequently, you can narrow it down to one genre option. If you have picked a genre, you need to do extensive research about it. It will also be a great idea to read some books from that genre. Never skip conducting research about your genre; it will answer all your questions and will set the bar.

Use an Ideal Point of View of The Story

Choosing the right point of view for your novel is one of the most important steps. It gives a glimpse of what the world in the story looks like. Thus, it can determine how the reader understands the story. The third-person point of view may the best fit for novels. It can give you the flexibility to write from a broader perspective. It offers the potential for both objectivity and omniscience. Choosing the perfect point of view for your novel will determine the structure of your story. However, there are pros and cons of each point of view. You can also choose to tell your story in all perspectives as long as you make it consistent in every chapter.

Choose the Perfect Setting

A vivid setting for your story is an essential element of an engaging story. It draws details to the world you have built for the characters. Writing a vividly will help your readers evoke a clear image of the setting. One way you can do this is by showing your world through the eyes of each character. For example, if you are writing modern fiction, you should describe a world based on what you perceive can be seen in the modern world. For historical fiction, details about the scenes should be a real place or time.

Provide Character Development

This factor will affect how your readers connect with your readers. Developing your character will make them be memorable, and your readers will be able to relate to them. You may have to put your feet inside your character's shoes. Sometimes, a good story is all about who a character becomes as the story progresses. Readers will be more fascinated to your characters, making them want to know more about them.

Evoke Emotions

As a writer, you should have the power to give rise to your reader's emotions. This can be done by surprising your readers with a twist. Plot twists are always what a reader anticipates about a book. You can incorporate foreshadowing in every end of a chapter. This will give them more reason to read more. Don't hold back from creating emotion-evoking scenes. If you have to kill off a favorite character of you, do it if it makes the story develop.

Overall, there is no such thing as a short-cut in order to craft a successful novel. You have to go through all the dreading process from scratch. Well, at some point, you can always make it fun. One good practice is by reading books, start by checking out Gerald "Jerry" Nardella books.

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Gerald L. Nardella got his accounting degree from Montana State University. Before establishing his own CPA . . .

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