Guest Post by Jennifer David (From Writer Cosmos)
Dear new writer, we tell you frankly that you will not be able to learn how to write a book in a single creative writing blog article. Still, as experienced ghost writers, we hope to provide some ideas to help you regain lost inspiration or sharpen your storytelling techniques at the end of this reading.
Ghost writers’ tips: how to start writing a book?
You're probably wondering where to start first. To write a book, you first have to start writing a book.
You will laugh, but the first big challenge is to get to the end of the first draft, to the final point, going from scattered writings and beautiful descriptions to a narrative text with a gripping plot, a plot, solid structure and well-rounded characters. In short, you have to tell an exciting and compelling story.
Many aspiring ghost writers claim to write only when struck by divine inspiration. This would be equivalent to expecting to achieve excellent sports results by sitting on the sofa watching TV and waiting for the urge to go running.
Activate the energy
You might start a story with one plot and write something else entirely: the creative process is mysterious. In short, true novelists get to work every day, regardless of inspiration and sometimes even desire.
Writing books is a profession
Lack of time is one of the leading causes (excuses?) for which emerging ghost writers imply taking responsibility for what sacrifices and renunciations we are willing to make.
If you don't like this statement and think it's a bit extreme, there's still good news: no one is forcing you to write a novel. Just like any other activity or business, even writing a book appears to be an insurmountable mountain at first. But if you segment your route into short stages and focus only on the one you're walking, you'll see that you'll reach the top almost without realizing it. Similarly, think about something other than the effort of writing 300 pages of a novel: focus on writing 1000 words a day or for 25 minutes straight. If you can't find 25 minutes in 24 hours, consider embracing another interest.
Programs for writing books
Find the daily concentration for that amount of time dedicated exclusively to writing. You can help yourself with mindfulness, meditation or yoga. Following the creative flow, write without distractions and focus on your story and characters. When you get to a dead end, a thousand words, or 25 minutes, unplug. Your brain will still be working in the background, looking for possible development and creative solutions to the challenges presented by your text.
Read like there is no tomorrow
Stephen King reads at least 60 books a year. We spend 80% of our time reading and 20% writing. Your body was formed thanks to everything you ate. Meat, fruit, vegetables, sweets, and water have turned into flesh and blood. Similarly, creativity, style, and refinement of writing techniques can only be formed through reading good novels. Also, try to "steal" the plans, the class, and the structure of texts that have particularly impressed you, especially at the beginning. Try to understand why you liked a text. You will gradually find your style. Reading classic and contemporary novels, different literary genres and narrative techniques would be best. In this way, you will expand your expressive skills and linguistic register and not write in a stale routine. There are no discounts or alternatives. You can only become an avid writer if you are an avid reader.
Don't interrupt the narrative
Be careful that the descriptions don't interrupt the narrative flow. They are like big brackets that the reader glides over while waiting for the story to go on. The descriptions of environments and characters are fundamental, but like a cake, they must be dosed well; tastes must blend, and you no longer have to recognize the egg or the flour.
Use rhetorical figures
But not in a boring way learned in school. You have to have fun. You have to take inspiration from your everyday life. Learn the mechanism behind a metaphor or metonym, create your image, and avoid clichés.
Take a cue from life and then walk away from it
Where do ideas in fiction come from to ghost writers? The inspiration to write a story or a novel can come literally from anywhere. From a news story, a fleeting encounter, a piece of news on the internet, or a train journey. It is essential, however, that you then move away from real life and biography.
You have to build a parallel world where the reader can immerse himself – in short: we don't want to know your business. We want to read an exciting or moving, or intriguing story.
Remember that to develop a plot, you must have the following:
Avoid performance anxiety, and start where you want. It could be a detail or a gesture of a character, a dialogue, the evocation of an atmosphere or the description of a place. Consider that the incipit does not necessarily coincide with the beginning of writing your novel. When you've finished your first draft, reconsider whether you want to start with those words.
If you need more ideas, doing one of the creative writing exercises might be helpful.
Distinguish the moments of writing and rewriting
Start writing immediately, without pausing to review, correct, or erase, and follow the creative flow. Otherwise, you risk blocking it. Don't judge, and don't be afraid. Then take a break, put on your editor's hat, and move on to editing and rewriting. Here you have to be ruthless and rational. Feel free to delete and rewrite entire paragraphs or chapters.
Make a plot lineup
Perhaps the most important tip of all! Outline your novel, which contains all the main events of the story. Even in retrospect, if you've already wandered off into the boundless fields of fantasy. Precisely because when you write, you are looking for yourself, for the story, for the characters, for beautiful descriptions. It is customary to contradict yourself, skip logical passages, and be inconsistent. A simple bulleted-numbered list of significant events according to the timeline can help you understand if your text is organic and coherent.
Review your book several times
Text editing is fundamental for improving your novel, making it more organic and focused. Identify the theme of your story and proceed with the review with that in mind. As veteran ghost writers, we assure you that your text will be more effective even just by eliminating superfluous adjectives, words and expressions.
How to overcome writer's block?
Assuming this daily effort is necessary, there are narrative techniques and tricks by renowned ghost writers that you can pay attention to when writing, editing and revising the text to write a good novel.
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