Many people can write and perhaps pay a publisher to publish their book, but is it really a great book?
Writing a book is more than putting down a few words on paper. It takes time, energy and a motivated individual to write a story. A story whether fiction or nonfiction should capture the interest of the reader or audience by having a balance of interesting characters, appealing storyline, and the essentials elements of a story.
- Setting- the time and location of where the story takes place.
- Plot-planned series of events that take place in the story.
- Point of View-the point of view of how the story is told.
- Theme-the central idea or meaning the author is trying to convey.
- Conflict-the opposition of forces that the main character has to face.
Writing a quality book must come from an author who takes the time to research their topic to some degree. (Some genres such as fairy tales takes less research than others.)
An author has to overcome obstacles such as writers block and earning credibility. Even in fiction books, the readers want to be able to believe in the story. If you have ridiculous things that don’t make any sense, the reader will lose interest and the author will lose their credibility.
Writers block can be detrimental to authors but can be overcome with patience and practice. Tips for overcoming writers block could be:
- Brainstorming- writing down words or phrases of things that you want to talk about.
- Writing about things you know
- Writing about things that inspire you
Last of all, think about your readers when you write. Make sure you edit your work because the reader will lose interest if they do not understand what they are reading. Misplaced commas, quotations, spelling errors can lead the reader off track. Editing your work should come after a brief period away from your writing. If you try to edit something as you write, it takes twice as long to catch all of the errors, because your brain knows what you meant to say even though the paper says something different. Consider your writing from your readers point of view.
- Is the content appropriate to the story line.
- Is the reader going to understand what you are trying to say.
- Is the reader going to believe in your credibility to tell the story.
A writer is someone who cares about what they are writing whether it is fiction or nonfiction. They came up with an idea that they wanted to share with the world. A true writer is not one that publishes books for profit alone, but for the art of writing.