There are many things that go into writing a novel. It takes time and effort, but, in the end, it’s really all worth it. You use your talents to go into the world of your imagination, and you help everyone else travel there, too. It is, however, very difficult to know what all you should do to keep your world interesting.
Just a few days ago, I realized that the beginning of the book I am writing wasn’t very interesting. I realized that, if the first few chapters of a book are dull and boring, it will be very hard for the reader to want to continue reading. I’m not saying that the beginning of a book is supposed to be the most exciting thing in the universe, but my first chapters did need a little more excitement and interest. To help me with this, I often introduce my characters in fun and unique situations that will give my readers an idea of my character’s personality, and will also make my readers long to continue reading. The way I see it, if the first chapter isn’t interesting, who’s to say the rest of the book will be? I’ve found that I need to make sure that I get to my point, or even I get bored of my own story. The slower things move, the less interesting everything seems to be.
Along with the beginning of the book, there, of course, comes the middle of the book. I think that it should be just as good as the first few chapters. The middle of the book is usually when my story starts to droop, because I can have a hard time thinking of what to come up with next. The middle is where all of the exciting things happen in the book, all of the important decisions the main character makes. I like to write-it-as-it-comes, and, though that does work, it isn’t as efficient, effective or easy as writing a simple outline of my story. You need to have an idea of where the middle of the book is going in order to understand where the rest of the book leads.
However important the beginning and middle of the book is, the ending is, to me, ten times more important. Where the beginning sets up the story and the middle continues it, the end ceases the story. It’s when you send your heroes home, defeat the enemy, or drop everything off at a major cliffhanger. If the ending of the book isn’t any good, then the reader will feel like they just read an entire novel for no reason whatsoever. I don’t want to let them think that! You have amazing book ideas, and your story is great, so make sure they remember that! I love my book ideas and my characters, and I don’t want anyone thinking that there wasn’t a reason for everything that’s happened. I suggest not ending it abruptly or without much thought. The ending of a book is a very intricate and delicate thing. The ending is what makes the story important, and where I like to unveil the life lesson of it all.
There has to be a point to their adventure. Often times I have to remind myself that these people did not just go on an enormous adventure, or go through a bunch of trauma for no reason. There is a point. Whether it’s to teach people what could happen in the future, about how to treat their surroundings; whether it’s about friendship or family, true love and mercy, there is always a meaning and a point. Sometimes I have a hard time making my point come across when writing, and when this happens, I like to sit back, and think about what I’m trying to say. Write it down a few times in a few different ways, and see which is my favorite.
I hope this has helped you understand a few different aspects of writing, and, though I’m no expert on the subject, I hope you enjoyed the read. Always remember that your reader is not necessarily a person with a great attention span, and they need excitement and point in their reading. Nobody wants their time wasted! I have a hard time remembering this myself, and sometimes my story droops a little. Remember that there are many different ways to write, and there are many different things to write about. Make sure you write about the things that are worthwhile and interest you as a writer, because you don’t want to spend time writing something you don’t really care about.
What are some of your techniques for dealing with these problems when writing? Tell me in the comments section!