This is a guest post from Célia Berton from the YelloHonu blog, writing about how to become a successful author. It is the first step, before self-publishing an ebook. The book. The story. Enjoy!
“I write books, I am the master of my art. Nobody can pretend to be like me, nobody can predict what I would or will say, not even me.
I am in control of a world made from orders of my inspiration and after having bowed to its dictation, I make the strings holding my characters and the circumstances of this world dance. This world is fictional, I make it real on paper but on the hearts of my readers too.
I use my adult abilities to make my child’s imagination be loved. I am aware of what reading has brought me and I want to give it in return.”
Below I will help you become a FORMIDABLE author with the perfect steps to work faster and have priceless strategies to IMPRESS your readers! Watch out, keep reading!
Questions to ask yourself
- Why do I write?
- What type of book do I choose?
- Whom do I write for?
- Am I going to put joy in my story? Sadness?
A Book Skeleton
A book has a category: fantasy, thriller, novel, comics etc…
A book is organized: “Chapters”, it can be written in more or less the same number of pages or not)
Without repeating the terms of college and high school thought to delimit the stages of a history, I offer you the ingredients and headlines ls of each phase are similar :
- A description phase
- A phase of adventures’ creation
- A conclusion phase
I do not want to be too precise on what should or should not be put in these steps and in what order they should be written because writing is structure AND freedom, the important message is that anyone finds these phases to clearly understand the message(s) expressed. Tomorrow, you might be able to have a revolutionary structure that your reader ABSOLUTELY LOVED!
The bases of a logical and strategical work to be understood and to create this immense desire to read you more sentence after sentence are necessary! You will understand why.
It has a beginning and an end: the beginning and the end can be different as in most stories but it can be original to imagine a story where the characters and the created universe do not change through and until the end, if there is an inspiring or pedagogical significance to the story.
Hence, the question to ask, which is why am I writing?
They can be fictional, real, human, inhuman, animal, plant and anything that comes out of your imagination.
The writing style
Is your style and level of writing appropriate for children, adults, or adolescents? It is not necessary to write in reverse (a french trendy style of speaking) or in familiar language because you target adolescents in construction, they must be offered an advanced language.
For example for children, it will be a fun way because they will not necessarily look on the internet or their dictionary the meaning of what they read. I leave it to your author’s imagination to find the right idea.
MY Secret bonus!
Creating scenes that come out of the flat part of my story, it is not mandatory but it can be fantastic assets. WHY?
First of all, the imagination will work enormously and will mark people deeply because the difference of the element will stay in the reader’s memory with this ‘surprise’ effect. Secondly if one day you get the chance to make it a movie you need scenes which burst the screen.
It is essential for these scenes to be sensational, which means that the character is in a state where his eyes, his limbs, his listening, and his wonder are stimulated. If the character is stimulated, the reader is stimulated. We must not underestimate the reading experience vs the observation of a film.
I personally find that the two are equivalent but my sensitivity has always been more marked by what I am impregnated of while reading as imagined scenes.
The other advantage is that the attention is falling naturally while reading, we minimize this effect and increase the pleasure of reading when we do that.
- Take notes on paper (sheets or notebook) when you have violent blows of inspiration.
- Make rough drawings (or written descriptions) of the places you have in mind for its history.
- Ask your friends about your story. When you write, you reserve for yourself a privileged atmosphere without interference and allowing a psychological relaxation.
- Always try to put words that you do not understand and will learn in your novel, the goal is not to go to the facility, like any activity it is necessary that you progress yourself.
Things To Avoid
- To write to be loved by all (give up his writing style or never find it)
- To avoid taboo subjects or choose only fashionable subjects
- To forget that you are a creator and that to create is to write on things that at the most do not exist
Over To You
Apply these steps and methods and move your writer’s career by always improving your skills! Let us know if you have any questions, in the comments below.