Writing books, primarily fiction, is not as complicated as you might think. There are many things you need to know before you get started with writing, but once you get going, it may be very difficult to stop once you establish some great momentum and writing habits.
Fiction writing comes in many styles and genre; you may write short stories, children's books, pictorial books, novellas, or lengthy full blown fiction novels. It doesn't matter how short or long your fiction story is; it is still a work of creative art that you have produced from your creative imagination for the exciting entertainment of others.
Writing a fiction book is really quite simple if you are a natural born writer. It is even easier if you understand the essentials of writing and have a thorough background of your native language, such as composition, spelling, and grammar. The more you actively write, the better your writing will become, especially when it comes to forming sentences and paragraphs all of your readers to understand.
Learning and understanding the basics of writing books and having some creative ideas are what you need to become a successful fiction author. And when I say basics, I'm not talking an expensive college education or a costly vocational school of study.
The basics come from what you can easily learn on your own by visiting helpful writing websites such as mine, reading topics on grammar and structure throughout the world wide web, or simply researching the things you are having difficulties with on or off line.
Are you writing books? Everyone needs help sometime or another along the way in their career - even you! Admit it! Sometimes you struggle with meanings of words or how some words are used in the proper context of your story. Or maybe you just want to add more depth and meaning to your story.
Don't worry about the grammar and spelling when you first start writing books. The important part to remember is to get those ideas down on paper first. Just write until you can't write anymore, going from paragraph to paragraph, chapter to chapter, burning those pages up like they are nothing.
Your initial draft will probably be terrible, but you will create new worlds, ideas, and characters for all of your readers to get to know intimately. The paper is your artist's canvas, so slop those words about just like colorful paint.
Some people find that when they are writing a fiction story, the words flow from the mind through the pen-in-hand much smoother than through fingers on a keyboard. Other people are the exact opposite and start typing their book from the start.
You must consider the work and time involved with transferring your writing to type onto the computer or typewriter. Pick whatever is more comfortable for you, then go with it.
No matter how the words come to you, just go with what is natural and easiest for you. Don't worry about errors on your first draft. The important thing is to get your ideas in the form of sentences and chapters down on paper first so you don't forget them. If you don't get those ideas written on paper, they may disappear forever and possibly even cause writer's block.
The essentials of writing covers some of the more complex aspects of your writing and provides you with help no matter how far along you are with your writing. Whether this is your first story or your fifth, you are on the first chapter or last, there is always a need for additional information to help make your fiction writing better.
1. If you are not very organized with your ideas for your story, you may consider using fiction writing software to keep you on track. The best programs for writers are designed specifically for writing books and organize everything from outlines, characters, scenes, and everything in between.
Checklists also help keep track of your progress throughout the writing process. Here is a great writing checklist to guide you along the entire process from idea to book shelf.
2. If you are hand writing books, typesetting takes it to the next level where you can have someone edit and proofread your work. I recommend for the initial typewritten draft that you double space your entire story so it is easier to read and add content to when it is being edited.
3. Getting someone to edit your book is a must. Editing is the most important step of the writing process. This is where the author's thoughts are transformed into a great works of fiction.
An author can self-edit their work, but finding the right software to check grammar is a must. Don't rely on your word processing program's spelling and grammar checker to help. Sometimes it is best to hire a professional editor or use a program designed for writing books to bring your story up to speed.
4. Immediately follow-up with the suggestions made during editing. Most editors don't make all of the changes or they allow you to accept or reject each change if they edit it electronically, but if they do the edits on paper, you will have to make any suggested changes on your own.
5. Get your work proofread. Proofreading can be done by anyone, as long as you trust they will give you an honest, unbiased opinion of your work and make valid and useful suggestions throughout. This is a great way to help story writing because eyes that are not custom to looking at your book will find things that you naturally miss.
Proofreading is also where you find out if your writing makes sense to your readers or not. If you are writing books, you will not be a good proofreader for your own book because you know what to expect throughout your book. Outsiders don't expect the same things and look at your book with a totally different aspect than you do. However, you should always proofread your work before sending it out to other people. Here's some information on how to proofread your own work.
Ask your proofreader to make suggestions and provide you with feedback (positive or negative). This can help with your writing and is considered basic editing in itself, but overall, your goal is to get some great feedback to possibly improve your book even more before taking it to the next step of publishing. They will also appreciate it if you do use their suggestions in your final draft.
Proofreading will also catch any errors made while making the edits to make sure everything reads well and makes sense with the new edits.
6. Add content in the form of details to your story when it is necessary. Don't change something that doesn't need to be changed. If it sounds good, it probably is. If you have areas in your story with weak scenes or character details, this is a great opportunity to add more content.
However, if you add words to your story to make it better, immediately read the changes back to make sure they make sense and that it flows with the rest of your sentences in that section you've changed.
Details bring your book to life and add much needed content to make your book longer. Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz capture their reader's attention with lots of details and descriptions of the surroundings and characters; they build their characters and scenes to the point that it feels as though you are right there with the characters. That is exactly what you want when you are writing books. You want to get your reader involved in your story, not just reading it.
If you make a significant amount of changes while writing a fiction story after you get it edited, you may want to go back and get it edited again.
7. Another helpful aid for writing a fiction story is to learn the essentials of writing fiction. The essentials are a basic rundown of the entire writing process, from start to finish, so you can improve your story with creative writing ideas and descriptive writing techniques.
If you really want help with your fiction story writing, don't ever second guess your work; you wouldn't have made it this far if it wasn't good. Once you are completed with your final edit, you are done and are ready to learn all about book publishing.