The purpose of this article is to introduce different established advice to assist you in creative writing. There are many rules that you can follow, but it is basic advice that will help you be more successful than any “standard” in writing. As I have said before, if you are to be creative there can be no rules when you seek to make your masterpiece. Remember, what seperates you from greatness is time and effort, so I’d like to tell you about a few things that will help you in the creation of your manuscript. Don’t fret if you don’t execute all of these tips perfectly, as there is no such thing as perfection when it comes to writing. Everyone, including myself, improves all the time when it comes to writing.
A viewpoint should be selected based on the type of story that you are telling. If it is concerning one character, then first person is great. If it is focusing on many, then third person works. Heavy narration might tell a story great if it is suspense or a mystery. Whatever it may be, take careful consideration when it comes to selecting a viewpoints. I feel, in my own opinion, first person is an intimate way of telling a story.
People want to read a story that they understand. Avoid words that you would not use in everyday conversation. The longer the word, the less readers will understand what you are saying. Also, words that are not common adjectives should be avoided as well. Speak to the reader with words they know and ones that help explain things in plain English. Readers are intelligent but at the same time material that isn’t understandable will be rejected by the viewer.
When being descriptive there are two rules we should keep in mind. One, is that we should pick and choose where to be descriptive. One is when we are introducing a new character, and two are when we are introducing a new setting. Additionally, action sequences are good to describe in detail. There is one catch to all of this, though. We should limit descriptions to leave more to the reader’s mind. Writing is all about visualization, and we should allow the reader to maximize on the process. Imagination is key when it comes to writing and reading.
A chapter needs to have a few key parts to it, and there are a few general guidelines to follow. One, a chapter should contain one smaller storyline that is part of a greater storyline. Two, the chapter should contain a strong beginning and ending. Three, the chapter should have contents that set a tempo for the chapter, and it should lead up and into the next chapter. Always make a chapter set up for the next coming chapter. Leave a person wanting more.
When writing always state each point. Make sure you don’t use words like perhaps or maybe. Whenever you state something, make sure you are definitive and write with authority. Even if you are writing a mystery novel you need to lead the reader where you want them to go. State everything affirmatively.
Novels should balance dialogue, internal dialogue, narration and descriptions. Always make sure there is enough of each. Balance what is going on, so as to not bore the reader. You need to let readers know what is going on through different methods. A good book is formed through balance. Never skimp on any type of storytelling.
You can write a great book. We are all talented, and we just need to follow a few guidelines to be successful. I listed a few of them here. There are many more guidelines, and it is always good to both read and study how to become more of a successful writer. I hope this article helped. This is author Bryan Varner signing off, wishing you a happy day and that all the frowns stay away.
This post is contributed as Guest post by Bryan Varner