How to Be a Good Book Writer
We can’t be a good book writer overnight. To create novels is, in itself, not an easy thing to do. It takes weeks and even months of sheer planning and execution. However, if there’s anything we’ve learned while reading books, it takes a while to get to where our idols are. It means, however, that becoming a good book writer isn’t exactly that far off. Here are some tips on how to be a good book writer, and how you can apply these skills to be a good writer for any kind of book.
How To: Good Writer for Books
Of course, it’s also important to remember that there’s no one way of being a good book writer. After all, there are all sorts of books arounds us that are just waiting to be read. Your fascination for writing books and novels may have come from something else, and the book you’re trying to write might be different from others’. However, the goal stays the same: if you want to be a great book writer, there are still standards that you have to follow. Of course, this now depends on the kind of book you want to write.
- Novels and works of fiction are of course perhaps the most common kinds of books that are written. People have all sorts of ideas they want to share with others, and a book is perhaps the best way to express these ideas. You may have a concept for a romance or slice-of-life novel. That story you just read may have sparked an idea for you to write a high fantasy work, or even a science fiction piece. Point is, these novels tell stories, more often than non fiction, that aim to exemplify a part of the human spirit.
- You may also write non-fiction works – such as biographics or true-to-life stories. These books explore the life or lives of one or more groups of people. You might be telling the story of a simple person, or a phenomenal icon. Whatever your story is, the goal is to of course not just tell the life of the person, but the challenges that came with it. Unlike fictional stories, these kinds of books have a more personal undertone to it, due to the fact that they are more or less true to life in nature.
- Sometimes, you’re also keen on writing instructions or manuals. They tend to be more technical than the aforementioned books, but they are difficult to write just the same. Unlike stories, however, these books need writers that are able to condense hours’ worth of information into snippets of ideas and instructions that can easily educate or inform people of what they need to know. The planning of details to include is just as heavy, but the conceptualization of ideas can take on an entirely different form.
Good Book Writer: The Traits
When you strive to become a good book writer, it’s always important to remember that you should be able to possess certain qualities in order for you to strive. This is important as maintaining this kind of character requires time, effort and skill. However, successfully fulfilling the qualities these traits “require” can help you become a great book writer with works that stand the test of time.
Of course, it’s also just as important to remember that this will not be easy and it will take loads of practice. Thankfully, here are some handy steps you always have to remember if you want to survive in the world of other great book writers.
Never forget the basics.
It’s perhaps the most important part of your journey as a writer to never forget the basics. Whatever kind of book you’re writing, and no matter how complex they are, it’s always best to stick to the basic rules of grammar. They are there to ensure your readers will continue to understand your story no matter how complex the plot gets.
- When you’re creating a story, always strive for them to follow the basics of grammar and narrative. You can’t exactly expect people to understand your story if it’s written in a complex manner. Sometimes, the best way to write a story is to rely on the basics.
- Try to quiz yourself on the basics of grammar structures. Try to experiment with your works on how you write sentences and how the rules of “grammar” dictate how you should write.
- Constantly comparing your style to how the basics ought to work will help you get a good grasp on alternative ways for you to write your stories. The more basic your structures get, the more room you’ll have for creativity.
Always strive to evolve.
In speaking of creativity, it’s just as important to strive to learn how to improve your skills just the same. When you think you’ve read and mastered enough of the basics, try to mix and match them into various combinations of sentences and paragraphs in your works. You will get a sense of development as you see how you interact with characters, speech patterns, and descriptions
- Try to write segments of your paragraphs in different ways and manners. Always have an alternative form of writing ready just so you could be prepared to mix up your style at any time. After all, it’s important to remember that your style and tone isn’t permanent, and being flexible with your writing can be of great assistance in creating wonderful works.
Read on your niche all the time.
We all have “specializations” and topics and genres of interest. However, we can’t treat these as our specializations when we don’t go do in-depth reading on them. We should never forget to stay updated and in the loop in the latest developments of the niche of our choice. The more we know about our niche, the better we can find out stories and topics to write about.
- Always try to find stunning works in your niche of choice. It can range from all sorts of books, or even essays, short stories, or anthologies. Point is, try to find a work of art that “signifies” your specialization. This is the kind of work you should strive to become.
- Also, try to find modern iterations of stories in your current genre, and compare these stories with older stories of your niche. You will be able to see trends that change through the years that you could use in your own stories. These are helpful if you’re running out of ideas and you want to “mix” up the ideas that are in your head.
- These new and unique stories, when compared to older and unique stories, can give you a sense of “evolution” in terms of your niche in question. It will take time, but it will be worth it.
News and current events count.
In speaking of taking time, you may also need to read up on current events in your niche of choice. It doesn’t have to be in the literature-specific part of your niche, however. You have to read how your niche interacts with the public, since your stories will also ideally have an impact with the public.
- For instance, science fiction enthusiasts and writers should read up on the latest developments of science and technology. Scientists and engineers are coming up with all sort of crazy ideas every day that would modernize the way we look in life. If you understand how these things work, the more you can apply this in your stories.
- Try to understand how technical things work in your genre as well. For fantasy writers, for example, it might be helpful to get a good sense of how the medieval system of living works, from government, to religion, to just plain daily life. This is important to help you add a sense of “realism” to your works, and for readers to be able to relate.
- Try to immerse yourself with your environment in question. If you want to write about an Olympic swimmer, for instance, try exposing yourself to swimmers and bodies of water. Try to imagine how they see things, as life for them might be different from you. Exposing yourself to all sorts of environments can help you create a story that truly separates itself from other works of art.
Your peers are your critics and teachers.
It’s sometimes hard to interact in an environment where everyone else is creative, and it can get toxic at times – after all, we all want to make a name for ourselves. Constantly exposing ourselves to ideas and opinions that, not all the time, agree the same way can be agitating, but it can also be a learning experience.
- Immerse yourself to people that think the same and differently than you. Try to engage in friendly discourse and proper discussion about ideas. This is especially useful if you want to find out how a person thinks about certain issues. This is extremely needed if you want to create characters that are dynamic and have different forms of opinion.
- Try to find yourself a creative circle that freely discusses ideas with one another, and you can make this your peer review group. This is better than having to deal with the stress of writing alone, after all. Try to find a group of individuals that you would be willing to share your art with, just as they would be willing to let you rate theirs.
- Finding yourself a creative environment where you can constantly share and debate on ideas is essential if you want to continue evolving as a writer. Getting yourself, an influx of different ideas allow you to flesh out your own and discover different perspectives on various aspects of your niche and those affecting it.
Never stop writing.
This is perhaps the most important rule of all. You can’t become a great book writer if you don’t continue to write your stories. No matter how hard things get or no matter how bored you think you are, you have to continue writing or else you won’t grow as a writer.
- Keep on expressing those ideas and keep on improving, even beyond the realm of book writing. If you feel you can’t write a book now, then take a break – but keep on writing. Create story ideas, write essays and short stories. There are all sorts of reasons and ways to write.
- Don’t stop finding ways to write your books. The more you write, the more you will be able to execute amazing ideas from what you might think are “ordinary” premises. This is the gift writers have that other people have to train for: the ability to express even the most ordinary of ideas into the most beautiful pieces of art. Creative people like artists and photographers have their own ways of expressing these things, but so do you. So, grab that pen or that keyboard and start typing away. Make those stories come to life.
If there’s anything we have learned through this article, it’s that being a good book writer isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. Writing a book in itself is extremely difficult, but in order to be a good book writer, we have to exert extra effort in order for us to grow and evolve out of our creative shells. We need to learn how to expose ourselves to different things in order to help us grow and adapt into the stories of our choosing.
To be a good book writer means to go above and beyond what’s expected of us as writers. Having a background in writing is not enough for us to be a good writer for any book we have planned. Interestingly, it’s not to say that it’s impossible for us to learn how to be a good book writer either. If there’s anything we’ve learned as we write, it’s that it takes a lot of time, effort, and perseverance for us to learn just what it takes to write excellent books.