Hello, scribe tribe!
Recently, I’ve been posting writing tips every Tuesday on my Facebook page, where I give my audience a new tip every week. Then I figured, why limit myself to Facebook? Why don’t I just start blogging my bit of writing knowledge for the world to see? So, here I am, entering the world of blogging!
I’m starting this blog off with a series of posts, which will be released every Tuesday, answering the question that’s on every aspiring writer’s mind: How do I write a book?
To answer this question, I’m going to go into detail, step by step, on my organized process of writing a book.
Let’s start this relationship off on the right foot by letting you know that I am not a panster! I’m an outliner through and through, baby.
I know that some people find outlining to be a creativity killer, or just something that doesn’t work for them in general, and that’s okay! This tip will still be beneficial for you.
For example, there are two main messages in my book, Weathering the Wicked, book 1 of The Chronicles of Folklaria. The first message is one of facing your fears; this message is clear through June’s crippling anxiety that is constantly getting in the way of her ambitions and responsibilities as a prophesied savior. The other message is a progressive approach to spirituality--a message that will empower those who don’t subscribe to traditional beliefs on the subject. This message is clear by the world in takes place in, Folklaria, where June travels to, in search of her missing twin sister.
When people read my book, my hope is for them to, not only escape in a page-turning fantasy that will leave them wanting more, but also to leave them with deep and thought-provoking lessons that they can take with them long after the final page is read.
I start by brainstorming my ideas. No rhyme or reason to my note-taking, just whatever comes to my mind about the world it takes place in, the plot, characters, etc.
Once I have a pretty good idea of what I’m working with, I ALWAYS write down the message of my story.
During the launch of A Novel Connection, I would ask the authors a series of questions they would include in their book submission. One of the questions was ‘What is the message of your story?’ Some people had deeper responses, while others had weaker ones; but there was one that stood out to me. They wrote, “No real message in my book. Just a good story.”
Immediately, I was put off.
There are millions of books published…
If you want your book to really touch the reader and leave a lasting impression, you MUST have a message: A lesson the reader will take away from your story.
If you’re in the middle of writing something, ask yourself this: What is the message of my book? If you don’t know the answer, then stop what you are doing and figure it out! There are a million different messages a book can have:
With millions of published books, I do whatever I can to bump myself up the leaderboard, and this is an important one.
What is the message you want to convey to your reader? Figure it out, and don’t keep writing your story until you have it! If you have your message before you keep writing, then that message will naturally come out when you write it.
Stay tuned! Next week, I will get into writing outlines.
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