Introduction: How to Write a Book

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do you want to write a book? Well keep reading to find out what it takes.

Step 1: How to Write the Begining

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Here are two beginings .

The bear charged.

Hank walked through the wood on a cool fall evening without a care in the world.

which one is better? You'll probably say the second one, right? WRONG! The first one is better because it captures the attention of readers and they'll want to know who, what, when, where, and why the bear is charging.

Step 2: Writing the Middle

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The middle of the book is probrably the hardest to write because each scene must be as captivating as the next or else the reader will get bored. One crucial thing i've learned when writing is to be BRUTAL towards your characters. There must be reader sympathy or fear for the characters. And dont just keep saying tha " Jimmy keeps getting punched by bullies." you need to have a reason and it doesn't have to be physical hurt, but emotional as well. so if something could go wrong in a situation that your characters are in make it happen.

Step 3: The End

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The end is probably the most  confusing parts of  a book. If you're writing a stand alone novel. ( a book with no sequels) you will have to tie up any loose ends.  If writing a series make sure to have your reader wanting more. Cliff hangers are best. For example.

And Jimmy finally stood up to the bullies and drove them out of school.... untill a new problem sprung up. Girls.

Step 4: Revising

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This is easily the most boring part of writing. but it must be done. Check your spelling, grammar take out or add parts or even get rid of a whole character. But make sure you keep it true to the story you want, because there will always be that little editor in your head saying " That is a dumb idea."

Comments

aartcritique (author)2015-11-14

Actually, the second one IS better, as it introduces a main character, describes the setting, and sets a nice tone for the book. Saying "the bear charged" is a very abrupt and bleak beginning that leaves a very shallow impression. That said, you could describe the scene better by putting "The bear charged furiously at Hank."

Even then, starting with an action scene is considered by many publishers to be cliché. If your first sentence is bland and unoriginal, a professional editor or publisher will likely reject your work. Other beginning mistakes to avoid are starting with a dream (I almost did this), beginning with the main character waking up, and having the main character look into a mirror to describe herself. Please don't take me wrong. I've read books that start in a similar manner to these that were amazing. I'm just saying that publishers often see things like this as red flags.

If clichés are done well, they can make for a good book, but let's try to spice things up around the reading/writing world. ;)

Crafted298 (author)2014-10-06

This help me a lot. I want to write a book but I don't know some of the stuff you need to know to write a book and this helped me a lot.

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